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.

Other Resources

What's New

Upcoming Events

  • October 11:
    Yoga in the (1767) Courthouse

    Saturday, 11 am - noon
    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!

  • October 25:
    Anniversary - Edenton Tea Party

    Saturday, 10 am - 4 pm
    Loction: Downtown Edenton
    In honor of the 240th anniversary of the signing of the Edenton Tea Party document, Edenton will be offering a number of free activities throughout the day.
    From 10:00 a.m. – noon, join the Historic Edenton State Historic Site Staff on the 1767 Chowan County Courthouse Green for colonial activities for children and adults. Learn to write with a quill pen, make a cornhusk doll, and try your hand at colonial lawn bowls. Tours of the Historic 1767 Chowan County Courthouse will also be led by site staff from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

    Other town activities include:
    • At 11:30 a.m. on the Courthouse Green, the winners for Children's Essay Contest "Courageous Women" sponsored by the Edenton Historical Commission will be announced.
    • The "Edenton Tea Trot" will run from noon – 3 p.m. Pick up a "Tea Trot Passport" on the Courthouse Green from 10 a.m. - noon, then visit participating downtown merchants to sample a variety of teas and enjoy Penelope Barker tea cookies. Have your Passport stamped at each location for entry into drawing.
    • 3:00 p.m. - Deadline for handing in completed "Tea Trot Passports" at Penelope Barker House Welcome Center. The drawing for the Edenton Tea Trot prize winners will be at 3:30 p.m. Adult Grand Prize: Parsonage Inn Luxury Weekend (2 night stay); Children's Grand Prize: 6 tickets to Taylor Theater and a Children's Tea Set from Penelope Barker House Shop.

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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