There is so much to do that we hardly know where to begin. Depending on the time of the year you can enjoy the great outdoors, now called eco-tourism, or explore history unlike any elsewhere.
I’m too busy to think about what there is to do. ~ Frank M.
At any time of the year a great place to begin is at the Penelope Barker House Welcome Center (on Broad Street at the waterfront), which is open seven days a week from 10 am to 5 pm and folks there are always willing to let you know about activities going on around town. You may be here at exactly the right moment to enjoy the annual Christmas Tour. Or at anytime, take a Trolley ride tour of Edenton from the Welcome Center. During the summer, take in a Steamer’s game and if you are very lucky, be here for the best little town’s 4th of July fireworks show. Of course, the Museum Trail (a walking tour of historic sites) and the shops and restaurants along Broad Street are always here. One of Edenton’s great assets is the fact it is a great walkable town.
Edenton is a small, waterfront town where everyone is welcome and engaged in the community. It is home to high tech boat building, peanut process, and a great little airport. It is also a North Carolina Certified Retirement Community, one of only 18 such designated places in the state.
The North Carolina General Assembly established the N.C. Certified Retirement Community Program (S.B. 1627) as a vehicle to designate communities that offer unprecedented, quality of living that is sought by the mature community. To gain certification, a local government must submit an application for consideration. Initial evaluation of the community and technical assistance is provided by Visit North Carolina staff.
Edenton was one of the first towns in North Carolina to be certified. To learn more about the criteria Edenton meets and exceeds, review the state’s criteria.