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Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, USA - First Methodist Church, Cor. Fourth St. and Roanoke Ave., Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina.

Roanoke Rapids is the home to Roanoke Canal Museum and Trail, located in what was once a canal lock building built in 1823.



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First Methodist Church, Cor. Fourth St. and Roanoke Ave., Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina.
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First Methodist Church, Cor. Fourth St. and Roanoke Ave., Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina.
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Roanoke Rapids Municipal Building and Fire Department
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Main Street, Looking South, Roanoke Rapids, N.C.
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1895 - Roanoke Island
Roanoke Island, North Carolina, is in the channel which connects Albemarle Sound with Pamlico Sound. It is separated from the mainland by Croatan Sound.

Roanoke River is formed by the Dan and Staunton Rivers, which unite at Clarksville, Mecklenburg co., Va. It passes into North Carolina, forms the boundary between the cos. of Halifax and Martin on the right and Northampton and Bertie on the left, and enters the W. end of Albemarle Sound. Length, nearly 230 miles. Steamboats can ascend it to Weldon.
Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ... Joseph Thomas January 1, 1895 J.B. Lippincott
1906
Roanoke Rapids, a post-town of Halifax co., N.C., on the Seabord Air Line. The baking post is Weldon. It manufactures silk and cotton goods and has lumber interests. Pop. in 1900, 1009.
Lippincott's New Gazetteer: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World, Containing the Most Recent and Authentic Information Respecting the Countries, Cities, Towns ... in Every Portion of the Globe Publisher J.B. Lippincott Company, 1906
2023 - Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, offers a charming blend of history, outdoor recreation, and cultural experiences. Here are some places to go and things to do when visiting this scenic town:
1. Roanoke Canal Museum and Trail:

Begin your visit by exploring the Roanoke Canal Museum, where you can learn about the town's history and the significance of the Roanoke River in its development.

Afterward, take a stroll or bike ride along the Roanoke Canal Trail, which offers picturesque views of the river and is a peaceful spot for outdoor enthusiasts.

2. Medoc Mountain State Park:

Located just a short drive from Roanoke Rapids, Medoc Mountain State Park is a haven for nature lovers. Hike along scenic trails, go fishing in Little Fishing Creek, or enjoy a picnic in the serene surroundings.

The park is especially beautiful during the fall when the foliage bursts into vibrant colors.
3. Roanoke Rapids Lake:

This man-made lake is perfect for water-based activities such as boating, fishing, and kayaking. It's an excellent spot for anglers, as the lake is known for its bass fishing.

4. Roanoke Rapids Theatre:

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Ancestors Who Were Born or Died in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, USA

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female ancestorBettie RIGGAN (17 May 1840, Warren County, North Carolina, USA - 30 September 1936, Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, USA)
female ancestorCaroline WALKER (1849, - 9 January 1937, Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, USA)
male ancestorThio WILLIAMS (1858, - 11 December 1936, Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, USA)
male ancestorJohn Daniel MYRICK (26 November 1863, Warren County, North Carolina, USA - 28 June 1918, Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, USA)
male ancestorRobert Emmet BROWN (22 May 1869, , Virginia, USA - 24 December 1936, Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, USA)
male ancestorJessie STANSBERRY (1870, - 18 December 1936, Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, USA)
female ancestorHarrietta FLOYD (8 November 1870, - 15 January 1937, Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, USA)
female ancestorBetty Mason HIGH (28 January 1871, Northampton, North Carolina, USA - 22 June 1962, Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, USA)
female ancestorAugustas SITTERSON (10 August 1872, Martin Co., North Carolina, USA - 14 September 1936, Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, USA)

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