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Historic Edenton State Historic Site
Ranked #1 of 22 things to do in Edenton
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Historic Edenton State Historic Site is a North Carolina State Historic Site and offers a wide range of tours of the historic district of Edenton, N.C. Our site includes: the Historic Edenton Visitor Center complete with exhibits, orientation film, information, and restrooms; the 1800/1827 James Iredell House, the home of one of the justices of the first U.S. Supreme Court; the 1767 Chowan County Courthouse, the most intact and longest running Colonial American Courthouses; and the 1886 Roanoke River Lighthouse, one of the few remaining screw-pile lighthouses in the United States. We also provide tours of the 1758 Cupola House, the 1736 St. Paul's Episcopal Church, and walking tours on the life of Harriet Jacobs, who was born into slavery in Edenton, but escaped on the Maritime Underground Railroad and became an authour and abolitionist.
Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

I love traveling from Va Beach to Edenton, this place is historic and the views and everything os just amazing! It is one of my to go place whenever I wanted a calm and quiet place away from the city.

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Reviewed 4 April 2018

Originally known as “The Town on Queen Anne’s Creek,” situated on Edenton Bay at the head of the Albemarle Sound, Edenton is North Carolina’s fourth oldest town. Incorporated in 1722 and renamed Edenton in that year in honor of the late Royal Governor Charles Eden, the town served, unofficially, as the seat of colonial government for nearly twenty years and was one of North Carolina’s official ports of entry. A two-hour guided walking tour of Edenton encompasses several city blocks, including the most historic and fashionable areas of the town.

First up is St. John’s Episcopal Church, the second oldest surviving house of worship in the state, begun in 1736 but not completed until thirty years later. Royal Governor Eden is interred in the church cemetery, as are fellow colonial governors Thomas Pollock and Henderson Walker. Next is the Cupola House, one of the state’s most iconic building, built circa 1758 for Francis Corbin, an agent for Lord Granville. The Jacobean-styled home is open as a house museum and features impressive Georgian interior woodwork. The building’s distinctive cupola allowed Corbin to get early sightings of ships as they were coming into harbor.

The Barker House, moved to its current location near the bay in the 1950s, was the home of Penelope Barker, famous for her involvement in the so-called “Edenton Tea Party.” In October 1774, Mrs. Barker invited fifty neighborhood ladies to a tea at a friend’s house and succeeded in having them pledge their support for a non-importation act passed by North Carolina’s First Provincial Congress. This effort on the part of the Edenton ladies is considered to be the first action of a strictly political nature taken by a body of women anywhere in the colonies. A teapot has been Edenton’s symbol ever since, and a bronze teapot, placed along the village green in 1905, can be seen on the tour.

Facing the village green is the 1767 brick courthouse. Remarkably, this public building served Chowan County for more than 200 years and is nationally recognized as being one of the finest surviving examples of Georgian architecture in the South. Behind the courthouse is the old county jail, dating to 1825.

Finishing up the tour is the James Iredell House. Along with William R. Davie, Iredell was one of North Carolina’s chief proponents of the federal constitution in 1788. After North Carolina ratified the constitution in 1789, President Washington chose Iredell to serve as one of the members of the first U. S. Supreme Court. The Iredell House is a Federal-style building and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The original home was built in 1800 and a substantial addition was made in 1827.

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Reviewed 30 March 2018

Two hour day stop for students on the way home to Greensboro from the Outer Banks. Students made candles, carded flax, made rope, and wrote with quill feather pens. Nice set up and informative.

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Natalie H, Public Relations Manager at Historic Edenton State Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded 30 April 2018

SO glad that you had a great time! Hope to see you next year! Make sure to follow us on Facebook!

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Reviewed 13 March 2018

Absolutely loved a weekend visit to this super charming gem of a Southern town. Very walkable. Quiet. Scenic. Couldn't ask for a better locale for a weekend getaway.

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Reviewed 5 January 2018

A small town but with character and obviously people interested in keeping significant parts of it alive and well. Good looking and well maintained.

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