The Market Green

The Market Green (HM158Q)

Location: Halifax, NC 27839 Halifax County
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Country: United States of America
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N 36° 19.794', W 77° 35.257'

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The market green played an important role in the growth and development of Halifax. The town's original plan called for the green to take up both sides of King Street. In time, however, the courthouse, jail, and other public buildings occupied the west side of the street.

The green was a bustling center of activity in the town, especially when the court was in session and at harvest time. Farmers brought their produce from the countryside to sell at the market house, which stood opposite the colonial courthouse and jail. County fairs and other festive events, such as Independence Day celebrations, took place here.

The green was also important for the military. During the Revolution, a barracks was located there, along with a powder magazine, supply depot, and armament factory. The square was also used as a parade ground for military reviews.

The shady market green also provided an area for rest and relaxation, conservation and debate. It continued to be used as a public facility until the courthouse moved in 1848. Shortly afterwards, the lots became private property.
HM NumberHM158Q
Placed ByThe Society of Colonial Wars in the State of North Carolina, Inc
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Date Added Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 at 6:48am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 267735 N 4023648
Decimal Degrees36.32990000, -77.58761667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 36° 19.794', W 77° 35.257'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds36° 19' 47.64" N, 77° 35' 15.42" W
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Area Code(s)252
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 71 King St, Halifax NC 27839, US
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