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. 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. 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:
  • 1758 Cupola House
  • 1767 Chowan County Courthouse
  • 1800/1827 Iredell House
  • 1886 Roanoke River Lighthouse

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

  • October 6:
    From Priates to Peanuts

    Saturday, 11 am
    Join us as we celebrate From Pirates to Peanuts: 350 Years of Chowan County, on the Historic 1767 Chowan County Courthouse Green Kick-off the day with the 43rd annual Peanut Festival Parade, then interact with 1700s and 1800s military and civilian reenactors and witness demonstrations from the Chowanoke, Tuscarora, Roanoke-Hatteras/Mattamaskeet, and Meherrin Tribes. The USAF Heritage of America Rhythm in Blue Band will close out the afternoon with a short concert.

    Highlights include:
    11:00am: Peanut Parade on Broad Street
    12:00-3:30: Native American tribes and historical reenactors on the 1767 Chowan County Courthouse green
    3:30: United States Air Force Heritage of America Rhythm in Blue Band
    6:00: Peanut Festival continues at John A. Holmes High School, with Battle of the Bands starting at 7 pm

  • October 3 to 31:
    Steeped in Time: Tea and Traditions

    Tuesday to Saturday, 9 am to 5 pm
    This traveling exhibit from the Museum of the Albemarle highlights the centuries-old history of one of the world's favorite beverages. Across the globe, tea is consumed second only to water. Hot, cold, sweet or unsweet, this drink has helped shaped modern society and continues to grow in popularity.
    Visitors will learn how tea is grown, processed, and shipped, as well as the many customs centered on this all-important drink. Located at Historic Edenton's Visitor Center at 108 North Broad Street in Edenton, admission to this exhibit is free and open to the public.

  • Stay tuned for more upcoming events . . .

View NC DNCR Upcoming Events Calendar

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

Historic Edenton Visitor Center
Tuesday-Saturday 9 am to 5 pm
(Orientation video and exhibits)

Guided Tours

Tuesday-Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm

1767 Chowan County Courthouse
$2.50 per person
1886 Roanoke River Lighthouse
$2.50 per person
The James Iredell House
$2.50 per person
All three above for $5 per person;
Children's and group rates are available.

Harriet Jacobs or Themed Tours
By reservation only, $5 per person

Closed Sunday, Monday, and state holidays.


No admission fee for the Vistor Center. Fees apply to guided tour packages, in addition to specific special events.

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