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The Francis Manning Room

The late Francis Manning, editor of the local newspaper, collected most of the information during his lifetime and donated it to The Martin County Historical Society. Local, regional and historical information from this collection aids those doing genealogical and other historical research for books, articles, dissertations and personal interests. Visitors are delighted at the collection of old phototgraphs, as well.
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Asa Biggs House

Asa Biggs House-Williamston

This 1831 home reflects local adaptations of Federal and Greek Revival Styles popular when it was build and remodeled. Home of Asa Biggs, a former U.S. Senator and federal judge. The Biggs family fled the home in 1862 under the threat of invading Union troops. Placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979.
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Fort Branch

A significant Civil War site overlooking the Roanoke River, Fort Branch is known as “the best preserved earthwork Civil War Site east of the Mississippi.”

Seven of the fort’s original eleven cannon are on display there. Many smaller Civil War artifacts as well as pottery from an 18th century riverside settlement and Native American artifacts are also on display there.

Open to the public on weekends from April through the first of November when the annual battle re-enactment is held.

Saturday, November 2nd:

6 am– Reveille

8 am– Site opens to Public Company formations and company drill.
Battalion formation, dress parade, and drill (confederate and federal in their respective camp areas). Troop formations and departure for non-soectator tactical (Tactical will evolve into 1:30pm spectator battle)

9 am– museum opens to public 10am- Ladies tea ( under pavilion) 11:30am- Ladies fashion show 12:00- period music (under the pavilion) 12:30- Camp areas closed until conclusion of battle Spectators should go to battle viewing area.

1:30 pm– Battle of Fort Branch Begins

3:00 pm– Childrens activities

5:30 pm– Barbeque Supper for Re-enactors

6:30 pm– Night Firing of Cannons

8:00 pm– Period Dance

12am– Quiet Time

Sunday, November 3rd:

7 am– Reveille

9 am– Site & Museum opens to public

10 am– Period Church service (in the fort)

11:30 am– Ladies fashion Show

12:30 am– Camp areas closed until conclusion of battle

1:30 pm– Battle of Fort Branch Begins

3:00 pm– Event concludes

5:30 pm– Museum & site closes
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Quilt Trail

Just like the quilt trails in the mountains of North Carolina, only closer! The Quilt Trail of the Roanoke River brings this tradition to Martin County. Enjoyable not only for quilting enthusiasts, the trail aspires to educate and provide history on the region.

Each block features a pattern inspired by the place where it hangs and will be recorded in the Tar & Roanoke Rivers Quilt Trail Guide that will delve deeper into the rich heritage and stories of the region, relaying the significance of each block.


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