The other end of Roanoke
If you launch a toy boat into the Roanoke River at Wasena Park and it somehow floats over the lake dams of the piedmont, your little boat would bob through Roanoke Rapids and Halifax County, North Carolina, on the final leg of its journey to the sea. This other Roanoke Valley owes everything to the Roanoke River, its history-minded citizens say.
“We’re at the fall line — there’s a granite shelf under the Roanoke here from Roanoke Rapids to Weldon,” said Ryan Newsome, director of the Roanoke Canal Museum in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina. “Early leaders Patrick Henry and George Washington saw the need for a bypass canal to get goods up and down river from Roanoke and Danville. Later the falls of the Roanoke powered our mills and created our electricity.”
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