4-H Rural Life Center
About the Facility
The 4-H Rural Life Center is rich in history of rural Halifax County. The facility features the original smokehouse, barn, chicken coop, cannery, washroom, water pump house, and dairy barn. Beside the dairy barn, an antique farm equipment museum has been built. Also, there is an old saw mill used to cut timber which was built in 1929. The 4-H Center is also home to Allen Grove Rosenwald School, which was built in 1922. It was used to educate minorities from the 1920's until the 1950's. The whole facility is over 345 acres and is bordered by Little Quankey Creek.
Bringing People Together
The 4-H Rural Life Center is used year round, under the leadership of Director Joe Long, a 1982 graduate of Roanoke Rapids High School and a 1986 graduate of The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill with a degree in Industrial Relations. In 2010, Joe completed a Master's Degree at North Carolina State University in Agricultural Education. He continued his education graduating again from North Carolina State University in 2014 with a Doctorate Degree in Agricultural and Extension Education. Dr. Long's focus was in Youth Development where he studied the positive life skill development gained by youth attending 4-H Camps across the state of North Carolina as perceived by parents for his Dissertation. Dr. Long is proud to direct an American Camp Association Accredited Summer Camp program showing his commitment and the commitment of Halifax County and North Carolina State Extension to camper safety. Having a fun and educational program in a safe environment is paramount to success in positive youth development. There are many programming opportunities offered to citizens throughout the year at the 4-H Rural Life Center. The purpose of this programming is to bring the citizens, youth and adults, of Halifax County together to enhance, enlighten, and educate their everyday lives. Funding for the Center is provided through a cooperative effort between Halifax County Commissioners, North Carolina State Extension, local businesses, and many volunteers.