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Welcome to Edenton’s Downtown

Edenton, North Carolina may be a small town, but it is packed with charm and character. One of the gems of this welcoming town is its downtown area, which offers a variety of amenities for residents and visitors to enjoy. 

One of the highlights of downtown Edenton is its historic waterfront, which offers stunning views of the Albemarle Sound. 

Visitors can take a leisurely stroll along the waterfront, relax on a bench at the park and watch the boats go by, or even take a scenic cruise on the water with Edenton Bay Cruises

Children can play on the playground at Colonial Waterfront Park while adults fish on the pier. And the whole family will enjoy a treat at The Herringbone’s Trolley!

The waterfront also hosts events throughout the year, such as the annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony, the Fourth of July fireworks display, Shrimp by the Bay, and our Sounds of Summer Concert Series. Edenton welcomes residents and visitors to join the community for family-friendly and fun events all year long!  

For those looking to immerse themselves in the town’s history, downtown Edenton is home to a number of historic sites and landmarks, several of which are near the waterfront. 

Visit the Penelope Barker House Welcome Center where you can purchase tickets for Edenton’s historic trolley tour, learn about Edenton’s history, and pick up maps to guide you to other historic sites. 

You’ll also find the 1886 Roanoke River Lighthouse, the Cupola House and Gardens, and the 1767 Chowan County Courthouse all within walking distance of the waterfront. 

Visitors can take a guided walking tour of downtown Edenton to learn more about the town’s rich history and architecture spanning over 300 years. 

In addition to the waterfront, downtown Edenton is home to a number of unique shops and boutiques where visitors can shop for one-of-a-kind gifts and souvenirs. 

Edenton’s downtown is a one-stop-shopping experience for the avid shopper. You’ll find clothing boutiques and shoe stores, a jewelry store, home decor and hardware stores, bookstores, and gift shops. From antiques to modern amenities and gifts, there is something for everyone to enjoy. 

And when hunger strikes, visitors can choose from a variety of restaurants and cafes offering everything from fresh seafood and southern barbecue to gourmet sandwiches and salads.

Drop in to the local coffeehouse or corner bakery for a hot drink and sweet treat to begin your day. 

Then, grab lunch at one of the many downtown restaurants that offer delicious selections with locally sourced ingredients. 

End your day at a favorite local restaurant, enjoying a leisurely dinner while you watch the sunset over the Albemarle Sound. 

Whatever your taste, you’ll find good, wholesome food offered with southern hospitality in a picturesque setting while you dine in downtown Edenton!

Edenton’s downtown also offers a variety of activities for all ages and interests. You can spend time curled up with a good book written by a local author at the Shepard-Pruden Memorial Library, or browse arts and crafts made by local artisans at the Chowan Arts Council

Outdoor enthusiasts can rent a kayak to explore the local waterways while sports enthusiasts can catch a Steamer’s baseball game at Historic Hicks Field during the summer months. 

Aspiring chefs can take a cooking class at Cotton Gin Culinary while aspiring artists can enjoy a painting class at Fearless Kids Art, which offers classes for both kids and adults.

And the whole family will love munching on classic popcorn and snacks while watching a movie at our historic two-screen cinema, the 1925 Taylor Theater, which has been recently renovated for comfort and enjoyment!

As you can see, downtown Edenton is full of amazing activities and entertaining events that will help you experience this welcoming town.

Overall, Edenton’s downtown area offers a little something for everyone. Whether you’re looking to shop, dine, or soak up some history, there is plenty to see and do in this charming town. 

So next time you’re in the area, be sure to make a stop in downtown Edenton and experience all that it has to offer. 

You may just find yourself falling in love with “the South’s Prettiest Small Town” and decide to make Edenton your home. You wouldn’t be the first to do so!

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