Before Raleigh became the Capital of North Carolina, each new
session of the General Assembly moved from town to town. They met in
Halifax, Hillsborough, Fayetteville, New Bern, Smithfield, and Tarboro
between 1776 and 1794. They would meet in courthouses, schools, and
local residences or in any structure big enough to hold the legislators.
The Assembly of 1794-95 was the first to meet in Raleigh.