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. 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

  • Month of February:
    Harriet Jacobs Tours

    Celebrate Black History Month with Historic Edenton State Historic Site! Harriet Jacobs is one of Edenton's most celebrated women. After hiding for almost 7 years in her grandmother's attic, Jacobs escaped slavery in Edenton via the Underground Maritime Railroad. She became an activist and author of "Incidents in the Life of Slave Girl," an account of her experiences as an enslaved woman. Historic Edenton State Historic Site will be commemorating her journey by offering guided Harriet Jacobs tours in the month of February by reservation only for $2.50 per person. Self-guided walking tours are available daily during any month of the year for free. For more information or to reserve your tour, call 252-482-2637 or email andrew.cole@ncdcr.gov.


  • 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

Tuesday-Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Closed Sunday, Monday, and state holidays.

Admission

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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