Historic Edenton

Colonial Period – A National Historic Landmark

Featuring 18th and early 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. Hands-on activities are available for scheduled groups. Guided tours on topics of special interest are available by advanced requests. An Elderhostel program is conducted annually.

Guided Tours

Guided walking tours include:
  • 1736 St. Paul's Episcopal Church
  • 1758 Cupola House
  • c. 1782 Barker House
  • 1767 Chowan County Courthouse
  • 1800/1827 Iredell House

Guided trolley and bus tours (bus not included) are also available. If your group would like a tour about a topic of special interest to you, or if you have special needs, be sure to let us know when you contact us to schedule your tour. Groups of ten or more please contact us for reservations.


No admission fee for the visitor center. Fees for guided tour packages range from $1.00 to $10 per person. Group and family rates available. Please call us at 252-482-2637.

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What's New

Upcoming Events

  • May 6:
    National Tourism Day

    Tuesday, 10 am – 4 pm
    In partnership with Chowan County Tourism, we will be offering free tours of the 1800/1827 James Iredell House, the Iredell House Dependencies, and the 1767 Chowan County Courthouse. Free guided Trolley Tours of Edenton's Historic District will be offered at 10:30 am, 11:30 am, 1:30 pm, 2:30 pm, and 3:30 pm. Trolley Tours depart from the Trolley Parking Spot at the foot of Broad Street on the Waterfront. The Cupola House Association will also have the Cupola House open for tours from 11 am – 3 pm. Admission is free, and open to the public.

  • June 21:
    Revolutionary War Encampment

    Saturday, 10 am – 4 pm
    Learn about the Revolutionary War and the men that fought on both sides, in this special interactive living history encampment. Meet Redcoat and Patriot soldiers, learn about their clothing and equipment, watch weapons demonstrations, and experience camp life during this fun-filled historical day. As part of this special event, the Florie, a patriot armed boat, will engage in cannon firing demonstrations from the boat throughout the day. The Florie is a reproduction Albemarle Sound Shad Boat, the state boat of North Carolina, and was built per original specifications. The crew of the boat from the Submarine Battery Service, Historical Impressions, performs 18th and 19th century living history programs throughout the eastern United States. The Redcoats are volunteer interpreters from the 64th Regiment of Foot, one of the oldest recreated living history organizations in the United States, formed in 1958, and is recognized by the modern British Army and the Staffordshire Regiment Museum in England. Weapons and drill demonstrations will take place at 11 am, 1 pm, and 3 pm on the Courthouse Green. Admission is free, and open to the public.

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.

Tourism Development Authority
P.O. Box 245
101 W. Water Street
Edenton, N.C. 27932
Phone: (800) 775-0111 or (252) 482-0300

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