Historic Albemarle Tours -Roanoke Canal Museum


Roanoke Canal Museum
15 Jackson St. Extension
Roanoke Rapids, NC 27870
PHONE: 252-537-2769
WEB: http://roanokecanal.com
ROANOKE CANAL MUSEUM, Historic Albemarle Tour 


Guests learn when they arrive at the museum and trailhead kiosks that the Roanoke Canal is nearly 200 years old. After the American War of Independence, the young nation’s founding fathers sought to open trade and transportation into their western frontier.

In 1882, new investors purchased the canal and developed it into a source of water power to generate electricity. By 1900, two powerhouses were in full operation but they were not destined to last long. Competition with a newer adjoining power canal, high maintenance costs, and the need for larger hydroelectric facilities put the navigation canal out of business for a second time in 1912.

The property was again sold, this time to the predecessors of Dominion Power Company, and facilities like the powerhouses served as maintenance and civic service buildings for several decades. In an effort to save the remains of the original navigation canal and its associated architectural features, the Roanoke Canal Commission was established to acquired the property or right of way and begin preservation and restoration efforts. In 1976, the remnants of the canal were placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Today, the trail follows the canal’s original tow path for 7.2 miles between Roanoke Lake and Weldon. The Roanoke Canal Museum is the newest addition and located where the trail crosses Roanoke Avenue in Roanoke Rapids. The museum holds many exhibits about the history of the Roanoke River Valley, the engineering feats of the canal, and its later use as a source of hydroelectric power. The western trailhead is located at Roanoke Lake Day Use Park and the eastern trailhead is at River Falls Park in Weldon.

The Roanoke Canal Trail
Open Dawn to Dusk
Every Day

The Roanoke Canal Museum
Open Tuesday – Saturday
10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.

General Admission 9 years and older: $4.00 per person
General Admission 8 years and younger: Free

Halifax County Residents receive a $2.00 per person discount on General Admission rates.
Guided Tours: $2.00 per person, minimum of 10 people per group. Children 4 years and younger in a group tour are free. See the Educational Tours page for additional information.

15 Jackson St. Extension
Roanoke Rapids, NC 27870

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