Historic Edenton

Colonial Period – A National Historic Landmark

Featuring 18th and 19th century history, North Carolina's second oldest town Edenton was one of the fledgling nation's chief political, cultural, and commercial centers. The state's first colonial capital, it was established in the late 17th century and incorporated in 1722. Once its second largest port, Edenton provided slaves with a means of escape via the Maritime Underground Railroad before Emancipation. Today it features an extensive historic district with architectural styles spanning 250 years, such as the 1767 Chowan County Courthouse National Historic Landmark. Read the complete overview


Programs, Group Activities

Special events are conducted throughout the year. Visit our Special Events calendar for daily programming and special event schedules. Groups of ten or more please contact us for reservations and to discuss all the group tour options available for adult, children, and school groups. Group tour options include: private tours of our regularly scheduled buildings, tours with hands-on historic activities and crafts, and Harriet Jacobs Walking Tours. Guided trolley and bus tours (bus not included) are also available. If your group would like a tour about a topic of special interest, or has special requirements, be sure to let us know when you contact us to schedule your tour.

Guided Tours

We offer a variety of tours of Edenton's historic treasures on a daily basis. These tours include:
  • 1736 St. Paul's Episcopal Church
  • 1758 Cupola House
  • 1767 Chowan County Courthouse
  • 1800/1827 Iredell House
  • 1886 Roanoke River Lighthouse
  • 1892 Zeigler House - Historic Edenton Visitor Center

Other Resources

What's New

  • 1886 Roanoke River Lighthouse
    is now open for tours!

  • Looking for a memorable venue for your wedding or event? Select locations at Historic Edenton are available for that special occasion. Email Edenton@ncdcr.gov or call 252-482-2637 to discuss your needs.

Upcoming Events

  • Month of February
    Harriet Jacobs Walking Tours

    Tuesdays – Saturdays, 3 pm
    Hear the amazing tale of Harriet Jacobs, a woman born into slavery in Edenton, who escaped to become a well-known abolitionist and author. As documented in her 1861 autobiography, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, this walking tour shares her story and takes you through downtown Edenton to see many of the sites mentioned in her book. Tours include entry into St. Paul's Church and the 1767 Chowan County Courthouse. Tours depart from the Historic Edenton Visitor Center, at 108 N. Broad Street in Downtown Edenton. Admission is $5 for adults, $2.50 for youth, children 12 and under are free. Self-guided Harriet Jacob Tour Maps of Edenton are also available at the ticket desk for $1. Group Tours, or a Step-on Guide for a bus tour, are available with advance booking.


  • March 14:
    Yoga in the (1767) Courthouse

    Saturday, 10 - 11 am
    At this special monthly yoga class, taking place every 2nd Saturday, you can improve your flexibility and strength in a beautiful historic and unique setting! The class is designed for all levels - even beginners - and is led by several local Edenton yoga instructors. Traveling and don't have your yoga mat? Not a problem! There will be extra mats available on a first come, first serve basis. After you are refreshed and relaxed, improve your mind as well, and take a guided tour of the building and learn its rich history!


  • May 29 - 30:
    Water Festival

    Friday and Saturday, 10 am - 4 pm
    Come to Edenton Water Festival on May 29 and 30 and visit our booth in front of the Roanoke River Lighthouse. You will be able to do a puzzle about the RRL, color a picture of the RRL, and make an simple origami lighthouse on May 30, 10:00am-4:00pm. The Roanoke River Lighthouse will be open for tours from 10 am - 4 pm both days. The cost of the tour will be $3.50 for adults, $1.50 for youth, and 12 and under are free.


Historic Edenton Information

Contact Us

Historic Edenton
108 N. Broad St.
Edenton, N.C. 27932
Phone: (252) 482-2637
Email: edenton@ncdcr.gov

Hours of Operation

Tuesday-Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Closed Sunday, Monday, and state holidays.

Admission

No admission fee for the Vistor Center. Fees for guided tour packages range from $1 to $9 per person. Childern 12 and under are free.


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