Rock Landing, once a riverside commercial center, mushroomed from the wooded hills along the Roanoke River in Halifax County, flourished for three decades, and then died. The town grew out of a land boom created by a grant in 1812 to construct a canal that would carry river traffic around the rapids of the Roanoke River. Cadwallader Jones began selling lots of land adjacent to Buzzard Rock, proposing the name â€œRock Landingâ€ for the town. The town flourished until the 1850s, when the eroding banks of the canal and constant flooding led to its demise in the mid-1870s. Now, the town is mostly submerged under water, leaving only a remnant of the main road leading from Roanoke Landing to Halifax.