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
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.
108 N. Broad St.
Edenton, N.C. 27932
Phone: (252) 482-2637
Tuesday-Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Closed Sunday, Monday, and state holidays.
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.