Historic Weldon, was founded on a rich history centered around the rapid currents of the Roanoke River, the safety of the Roanoke Canal, the beginnings of several early railroad systems and Rockfishing.
why Weldon is the Rockfish Capital of the World
why there was a need for a canal
why Weldon was the destination for the First Railroad in the State
how Weldon had the First Hydo-electic plant in the State
You'll see the First Railroad Building in the State
You'll watch trains travel 25 feet above the town.
These facets of our community are being developed as a treasure of the past as we plan for the future.
On this Self-Guided Walking tour you will enjoy a journey around Weldon's History with many Sites to See and Things to Do.
Use you smart phone to follow the tour
Tour begins at 72 West 3rd Street, Weldon
at Rocky The Rockfish
Click the "Get Directions" link on the map below.
Explore Downtown Weldon with this easy self-guided walking trail. It begin from Rocky The Rockfish Park,
Park your car on the street beside the Big Fish or in the parking lot on the left side it. With your phone, follow this walking tour of Downtown Weldon NC
There are several places that we encourage you to Take a Selfie.This will be a reminder to you of the great time you had and Help us in promoting Weldon to your friends.
Take a Selfie
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1. Rocky The Rockfish
2. Train Mural
3. Flatiron Apex
4. The Red Caboose
5. Tunnel Mural
6. River Rapids
7. Roanoke Canal Aqueduct
8. Historic Bull Durham sign
From this vantage point you’re able to see two of the railroads tracks that has been the backbone of Weldon’s early development.
The Sights and Sounds of the Railroad
Here’s a quote from the National Registered Historic District application
“Though neither structural nor permanent, an important element of the Weldon Historic District is the sight, movement and sound of more than twenty trains passing along its border every day. Amtrak trains pass through Weldon along the New York-Florida route, along with numerous CSX freight trains transporting goods along the East coast. The whistle of an approaching train is heard at least once an hour during daylight hours, followed by the distinctive rumbling of train cars on the Atlantic Coast Line Embankment and Viaduct. While the sound is especially evident in the quieter residential area, a train racing twenty-five feet above ground through downtown is a visual and aural spectacle. To residents, the familiar clatter of the trains, is a comforting and integral element of Weldon’s sense of place, particularly in the calm of the night.”
Let's Get Started... Weldon is known as the Rockfish Capital of the World, read the informational sign to learn why. While in this park area, explore the America Legion Monument and the small building described below.
1893 Town Hall and Jail
Brochure Rack in Doorway
Adjacent to Rocky The Rockfish
is a small brick building that has severed many purposes through Weldon's History.
As a Town Hall, and Jail, a Town Band Practice Hall, A school, a Library and Meeting Hall for the Americal Legion.
As a Town Hall and Jail….According to The Roanoke News (local newspaper) the construction of the Town Hall was awarded in June 1893 and was described as being "an ornament to that portion of town, as well as a convenient place where the scales of justice may be evenly balanced, as the sinners are introduced to his Honor"
Upon taking a trip down the narrow rickety staircase to the bottom floor of the structure, one will find two extremely small rooms. One of the rooms served as the jail cell and the other as a bathroom for the prisoners. It is easy to imagine a group of drunkards spending the “morning after” in the tiny cubicle.
-From Rocky Rockfish,
walk toward the traffic light at 3rd Street and Washington Avenue.
-Cross Washington Avenue
View the Train Mural
Take a selfie. IG #visitWeldonNC FB Check-In to Downtown Weldon
This mural gives a view of activity that once occurred at Weldon’s Union Station. With trains stopping and passengers boarding on the lower and upper tracks.
Walk from 3rd Street toward 2nd Street
down Washington Avenue, Weldon’s Main Street
Shop the Shops - Find a Treasure
Downtown Weldon’s Treasure Hunting District has many shops with Lots of Stuff.
Downtown Weldon Apartments
The buildings on the west side of the street were built in the 1890’s and have mostly served the community as a furniture store and hardware store. In 200x, Landmark Assets bought the buildings along with some in the 100 block, completed a major renovations and developed apartments and storefronts. These apartments and residents are an asset to the mixed use of the business district.
Cross 2nd Street
The Longest Railroad
View the Highway Market “Wilmington & Weldon Railroad”
When completed in 1840, this rail line was the Longest Railroad in the World.
Cross Washington Avenue to the West side of the street.
Continue on Washington Avenue toward 1st Street.
Make the Connection
This is the hub of Weldon’s Early Transportation History.
The River, the Canal and the Railroad converged
in Weldon to form one of the nation’s earliest Transportation Hubs.
From here there are 3 ways to go to continue the Early Transportation Trail For the purposes of this Self Guided Walking Tour we'll First - Explore the Train Trail, Second - Walk to the RiverThrid - Travel along the Canal Trailstop by Riverside Mill and get a FREE LOANER Bike to ride to the Aquaduct The Railroad Trail
Explore the buildings and Informational Signs
at this intersection.
This area is also popular with
train watchers and photographers.
The River Trail Turn Right on First Street 1/8 mile - Highway Marker - Roanoke Canal¼ mile - Underwater Mural in Hwy 301 Tunnel½ mile - River Falls Park Observation Deck and Boat Landing The Canal Trail Turn Left on First Street¼ mile - Riverside Mill Antique, Craft, Outlet MallCheckout a FREE loaner bicycle to ride on the Roanoke Canal Trail to the next stops... ½ mile - Confederate Cemetery¾ mile - Roanoke Canal Aqueduct