Labor Day is often seen as just another day off from work or a time for a last summer barbecue, but it holds a deeper meaning and significance in American history.
Observed on the first Monday in September, Labor Day is a holiday dedicated to honoring the achievements and contributions of American workers.
The origins of Labor Day can be traced back to the late 19th century, a time when industrialization was rapidly transforming the United States. During this era, workers were facing challenging and sometimes dangerous working conditions, with long hours, low wages, and minimal labor rights.
The economic recession of the early 1890s led to widespread protests and strikes by workers across the country. Finally, during this troubled time for workers, the federal government officially recognized Labor Day as a national holiday in 1894.
Since then, Labor Day has become an annual celebration that highlights the achievements and contributions of workers in the development and growth of the nation.
Since before the 19th century, Chowan County has been a hub of growth and economic development in North Carolina. Its strategic location on the Albemarle Sound, rich agricultural heritage, and progressive views of women-owned and minority-owned businesses has helped its rapid development and local economy.
Chowan County boasts a vast array of businesses that provide thousands of jobs to local workers. Here you will find industries ranging from agriculture to healthcare to manufacturing.
You will find family-owned businesses that have been established in Edenton since the early 18th century. You will find fifth and sixth-generation farmers whose families have been growing crops throughout Chowan County for decades.
Over the years, Chowan County has seen a transition from traditional industries, like fisheries and canneries, to more diverse economic sectors. The decline of lumber and fishing in the mid-20th century led to a shift towards manufacturing and services which provided new employment opportunities for local workers.
More recently, the education and healthcare sectors have become significant employers in the county, with the expansion of nearby colleges and universities, and the presence of ECU Healthcare and hospital.
Additionally, Chowan County’s tourism industry has grown significantly through the efforts of Edenton’s local businesses, area restaurants, and historic and preservation societies. Tourists have numerous lodging options, including charming B&B’s and short-term rentals.
Some say “It takes a village,” and here in Edenton and Chowan County we know it takes everyone working together and dedicated to the well-being and growth of our community.
That’s why, in honor of Labor Day, we thank the hundreds of businesses and thousands of workers who make our community vibrant and growing!