Roanoke Canal

Roanoke Canal

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Roanoke Rapids, NC  ·  The Roanoke Canal Museum and Trail captures the history of early 19th century canal construction in Halifax County and the community development that followed.
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Runners run down Jackson Street Extension during the Roanoke Canal Half-Marathon/8K.

Runners run down Jackson Street Extension during the Roanoke Canal

Master Officer Gorton Williams of the Roanoke Rapids Police Department tops a vehicle while directing traffic on Roanoke Avenue.

Master Officer Gorton Williams of the Roanoke Rapids Police Department tops a vehicle while directing traffic on Roanoke Avenue.

Roanoke Rapids Police Department officers direct traffic on Roanoke Avenue during the Roanoke Canal Half-Marathon/8K.

Roanoke Rapids Police Department officers direct traffic on Roanoke Avenue during the Roanoke Canal

Runners reach for refreshing drinks during the Roanoke Canal Half-Marathon/8K.

Runners reach for refreshing drinks during the Roanoke Canal

A runner refreshes herself with a drink from the refreshment station outside of the Roanoke Canal Museum.

A runner refreshes herself with a drink from the refreshment station outside of the Roanoke Canal Museum.

Members of First Christian Church have volunteered to serve refreshing drinks for every installment of the Roanoke Canal Half-Marathon/8K.

Members of First Christian Church have volunteered to serve refreshing drinks for every installment of the Roanoke Canal

Hundreds of cups of water and Gatorade were prepared for Roanoke Canal Half-Marathon/8K runners at a refreshment station outside of the Roanoke Canal Museum. The station was staffed with volunteers from First Christian Church.

Hundreds of cups of water and Gatorade were prepared for Roanoke Canal runners at a refreshment station outside of the Roanoke Canal Museum. The station was staffed with volunteers from First Christian Church.

Ricky Howell (center) watches as Roanoke Canal Commission Chairman Mike Green pours water into a cup held by Commission Secretary Chris Wicker.

Ricky Howell (center) watches as Roanoke Canal Commission Chairman Mike Green pours water into a cup held by Commission Secretary Chris Wicker.

A banner for First Christian Church in Roanoke Rapids rests on the rail outside of the Roanoke Canal Museum.

A banner for First Christian Church in Roanoke Rapids rests on the rail outside of the Roanoke Canal Museum.

Cultural Resources Leader Rodney D. Pierce addresses the crowd following Lanier’s lecture.

Cultural Resources Leader Rodney D. Pierce addresses the crowd following Lanier’s lecture.

A crowd of 40 people attended the lecture.

A crowd of 40 people attended the lecture.

The March flyer for the Second Saturday Hike.

The March flyer for the Second Saturday Hike.

Cultural Resources Leader Rodney D. Pierce explains the Middle Locks Exhibit, which is a smaller version of the locking system alongside the museum.

Cultural Resources Leader Rodney D. Pierce explains the Middle Locks Exhibit, which is a smaller version of the locking system alongside the museum.

The group makes its way through the museum’s 1960’s Exhibit.

The group makes its way through the museum’s 1960’s Exhibit.

The Lake Gaston Baptist Church Adventurers view the “appliances” used locally in the early 1900’s.

The Lake Gaston Baptist Church Adventurers view the “appliances” used locally in the early 1900’s.

Cultural Resources Leader Rodney D. Pierce talks about the different animals that one may come into contact with on the Roanoke Canal Trail.

Cultural Resources Leader Rodney D. Pierce talks about the different animals that one may come into contact with on the Roanoke Canal Trail.