Penelope Barker Welcome Center
Heading to the Albemarle Sound
East Water Street
From Wilmington, NC
From Norfolk, VA
From Washington DC
From Richmond, VA
From the Outer Banks
From Morehead City, NC
From Greenville, NC
From Baltimore, MD
From Charlotte, NC
From New York City
From Knoxville, TN
Edenton, North Carolina is not only one of the top locations for a vibrant retirement lifestyle but also offers small-town charm to raise a family or enjoy a waterfront getaway. Our historic southern town has occupied the shores of the Albemarle Sound and Edenton Bay for over 300 years. Our economy has a long history of cutting edge manufacturing and food processing which has created a thriving economy. Retirees, new businesses and new residents contribute unique ideas. Edenton’s year-round residents are engaged in integrating the community’s historic past with an exciting future through economic partnerships to complement the current charm of the Inner Banks of NC. With moderate Carolina climates, good health care, low cost of living, and an ideal location you can see why people have been relocating to Edenton. Come see for yourself what the nation’s Founding Fathers knew when they called Edenton home over 300 years ago!!
Getting to Edenton is easy! If you are on your way to or from the Outer Banks, it’s an easy stop to enjoy a day trip to Edenton. We are also close to several metropolitan areas.
● The Outer Banks are only 90 miles from Edenton
● Edenton is iust 75 miles from Norfolk, VA
● You can travel from Raleigh to Edenton in just under two hours
● Close to Raleigh-Durham International Airport and Norfolk International Airports
Edenton, NC’s waterfront community is situated at the confluence of the Chowan River, the Roanoke River and the Albemarle Sound. According to Forbes.com, our sweet Southern town of Edenton, NC was recognized as one of America’s Prettiest Towns. Smithsonian magazine included Edenton in the“20 Best Small Towns” in the U.S. Edenton has a vibrant downtown with unique shops, eateries, and a variety of other businesses for people of all ages.
Retirees love Edenton! Our active, yet classically relaxed Southern town has become a haven for people who are looking for a beautiful town with excellent healthcare and convenient daily life. We are served by two major hospital systems, Vidant Health Systems, with Vidant Health-owned hospital, Vidant Chowan Hospital, in Edenton and Sentara Healthcare System in Elizabeth City, NC and Norfolk, VA. People who have retired to our North Carolina small town on the water enjoy an active adult lifestyle and our residents love sharing Edenton’s rich history, scenic beauty, and exceptional architecture with our vacationers and annual visitors. An Edenton visit could include a visit to any of the three National Historic Landmarks, one of which is North Carolina’s oldest courthouse, built in 1767 and still in use.
Businesses love Edenton! Edenton is an economic center in the region with a historic waterfront and a cultural hub complete with all the small town conveniences. For years now, the town of Edenton has been investing to ensure that it’s rich North Carolina history is preserved and to leverage its resources to bring tourism and jobs. Manufacturing ranges from peanut processing for national brands and distributors to world-class, high-tech boatbuilding to steel manufacturing.
Agriculture and associated businesses continue to be large employers. A prime pro-business location, Edenton and Chowan County offer a rich industrial diversity, which provide for its economic well-being.
We are served, within a two-hour drive, by two international airports, Raleigh-Durham International Airport and Norfolk International Airport. Five major universities including the University of North Carolina, East Carolina University, NC State University, Duke University, North Carolina Central University. The College of Albemarle, which has a campus located in Edenton, was named #1 Community College in North Carolina by Schools.com.
We are served by two major hospital systems, Vidant Health Systems, with Vidant Health-owned hospital, Vidant Chowan Hospital, in Edenton and Sentara Healthcare System which is based in Norfolk, VA. That’s what you’ll find in Edenton and Chowan County.
Because Edenton is part of the Albemarle Region of the inland Coastal Plain of North Carolina, Edenton offers mild winters and four seasons that create a prime location for all types of outdoor recreation including championship golf, boating, waterskiing and personal watercraft, biking, hiking, kayaking and canoeing, camping, hunting, and fishing throughout the year.
The Coastal Plain is the major area for extensive agricultural crops, including lumber, soybeans, peanuts, potatoes, sweet potatoes, corn for seed, wheat and several other small grains. This is the area with deep soils, abundant flat land, and a long growing seasons.
A supportive community, Edenton offers convenient location for business or travel and a reasonable cost of living. Don’t take our word for it – come and explore all that the Edenton and Chowan County have to offer!
Our residents and retirees in Edenton never have a case of boredom! With miles of North Carolina rivers, creeks, ponds, and lakes, the Albemarle Sound and Edenton Bay are a boaters paradise, and a waterfront way of life! If you prefer the beach, the pristine shores of the Outer Banks are 90 minutes away. And, if you must dry out, there are 3 golf courses, tennis courts, shopping, yoga and hunting!
Liza Layton, Executive Director
Edenton Chowan Partnership, Inc.
101 W. Water Street
Edenton NC 27932
Office Phone: 252-482-2007