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

  • October 25:
    Anniversary - Edenton Tea Party

    Saturday, 10 am - 4 pm
    Location: 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.

  • November 11:
    Site Closed

    We will be closed in observance of Veteran's Day (state holiday) on Tuesday, November 11th, reopening Wednesday, November 12th on our regular schedule. "Thank You" to all veterans for your service.

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.


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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