They might not have been called tourist, but whether refugees from Roanoke Island, entrepreneurs from London or adventurers from the West Indies, they started coming 300 years ago to what is now called Edenton in search of opportunity and freedom. They are still finding it.
It is amazing. A 300 year old historic town with homes almost as old and public buildings, still in use, that go back to the founding of the nation.
~ Frank C.
That little “Town on Queen Anne’s Creek”, as it was called back then, now hosts the oldest house in North Carolina and the oldest in-use Courthouse in America; but most importantly, it was the “intellectual capital” of North Carolina’s fight for American Independence. Little ole Edenton produced signers of the Declaration of Independence, the US Constitution, the godfather of the US Navy, the mother of woman’s political liberation, one of President George Washington’s first appointees to the new US Supreme Court, not to mention a handful of US. Senators, Governors and intellectual leaders. For more detail, visit our History page.
For a neat summary of what folks today find appealing about Edenton, see this UNC-TV report.
If you are looking for miniature golf courses (we have nothing against them) or gaudy boardwalks (we even like them on occasion) you will not find them in Edenton. Come visit Edenton for a more sophisticated experience. Learn while staying in what Forbes.com called “one of America’s prettiest towns.”