If you like your fun to include carnival rides, colorful boardwalks, miniature golf and Ferris wheels, Edenton may not be your cup of tea. On the other hand, if you enjoy natural beauty and the great walkable outdoors, are inspired by beautifully restored historical houses that are lived in everyday, want to know more about the founders of our nation and state, Edenton is the right place to be.
Fun in Edenton is more sophisticated. It comes in the form of trolley or walking tours through the historic district, relaxed visits to the Barker House Welcome Center, Supreme Court Justice Iredell’s House, the Cupola House or the 1767 Courthouse where docents take time to answer your questions and explain what you are seeing. But fun also is to be found on the water, fishing, skiing (only the water variety), cruising, exploring historical creeks and archeological sites, not to mention hunting, golf, gardening.
If, at this point, you are still an armchair explorer, take a look at the Penelope Barker Welcome Center’s Museum Trail. As they ask: “What is a museum trail? The breadth of Edenton’s story simply will not fit inside a single structure unless you want to forget about the original buildings that are part of this little town’s amazing contribution to the creation of the United States and to North Carolina. The contents go beyond buildings to include stories about amazing people who served as the first colonial Governor of North Carolina, told a King “NO,” signed the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, helping to write both, created our first navy, served as George Washington’s appointee to the very first U. S. Supreme Court, many U. S. Senators, Representatives and Governors of North Carolina and of slaves who became highly respected freed real estate owners, carpenters and builders of churches.” See their map and list of sites here.
What’s your cup of tea?
Edenton has experiences for all. There are also lots of places to sit and watch the grass grow or the waves roll in. But, nothing is hectic or noisy. No need to hurry up and wait. Here are a few highlights:
- Seeing historic architecture
- Learning about the leadership of our founding Mothers and Fathers
- Eco-tourism in pristine millponds and swamps