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Silhouette of mill and powerhouse, Roanoke Navigation Canal, Halifax County, North Carolina

Roanoke Navigation Canal Power Houses (Roanoke Rapids, N.C.)
Weldon Corn Mill (Weldon, N.C.)
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Item information

Title:
Silhouette of mill and powerhouse, Roanoke Navigation Canal, Halifax County, North Carolina
Topics:
Architecture
Subjects:
Powerhouses
Mills and mill-work
Silhouettes
Original Format:
Measured drawings; scale: 3/32 in. = 1 ft.; 483mm x 610mm
Item identifier:
bh028712801
Delineator:
Delineator:
Created Date:
Description:
12 of 21 | Historical Note: Both the mill and the powerhouse are associated with a canal system, which was originally constructed to connect the Blue Ridge Mountains to the Atlantic Ocean, though this was never fulfilled. The canal and aqueduct were built from 1819 to 1823 by Hamilton Fulton. Railroad competition thwarted the use of the canal and it was not employed again until the 1890s when it was reconstructed to generate power for the Weldon Corn Mill and other factories. The Power Houses were constructed in 1901. The canal is considered one of the best examples of early nineteenth century canal construction in the nation and exists as built except for minor repairs. The canal is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Genre:
Architectural drawings
Location:
Halifax County (N.C.)
Digital Project:
Built Heritage

Source information

Repository:
Special Collections Research Center at NCSU Libraries
Collection:
Historic Architecture Research. Project Records (UA110.041) held by
Note field:
Not all materials from the physical collection may have been scanned. Images may have been enhanced for web access.
Rights:
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Funding:
Digitization of this image was partially supported with federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds made possible through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.

Building:

Built:
Community:
Roanoke Rapids
State:
North Carolina
Provenance note:
Roanoke Navigation and Water Power Company, first owner
Historical note:
The Power Houses are associated with the Roanoke Navigation Canal system, which was originally constructed to connect the Blue Ridge Mountains to the Atlantic Ocean, though this was never fulfilled. The canal and aqueduct were built from 1819 to 1823 by Hamilton Fulton. Railroad competition thwarted the use of the canal and it was not employed again until the 1890s when it was reconstructed to generate power for local factories. The powerhouses were built in order to use the canal as an energy source. The canal associated with the powerhouses is considered one of the best examples of early nineteenth century canal construction in the nation and exists as built except for minor repairs. The canal is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Location:
Halifax (N.C.)
Subjects:
Water-power
Canals
Industrial buildings
Historic buildings
Historic sites
National Register of Historic Places
Powerhouses

Building:

Community:
Weldon
State:
North Carolina
Historical note:
The corn mill is associated with the Roanoke Navigation Canal system, which was originally constructed to connect the Blue Ridge Mountains to the Atlantic Ocean, though this was never fulfilled. The canal and aqueduct were built from 1819 to 1823 by Hamilton Fulton. Railroad competition thwarted the use of the canal and it was not employed again until the 1890s when it was reconstructed to generate power for local factories, including the Weldon Corn Mill. The mill was originally part of a complex including a grain elevator, a cottonseed oil mill, and a cotton gin. The canal associated with the mill is considered one of the best examples of early nineteenth century canal construction in the nation and exists as built except for minor repairs. The canal is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Location:
Weldon (N.C.)
Subjects:
Mills and mill-work
Grain
Historic sites
Canals
National Register of Historic Places

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