Historic Edenton

Colonial Period – A National Historic Landmark

Featuring 18th and 19th century history, North Carolina's second oldest town Edenton was one of the fledgling nation's chief political, cultural, and commercial centers. The state's first colonial capital, it was established in the late 17th century and incorporated in 1722. Once its second largest port, Edenton provided slaves with a means of escape via the Maritime Underground Railroad before Emancipation. Today it features an extensive historic district with architectural styles spanning 250 years, such as the 1767 Chowan County Courthouse National Historic Landmark. Read the complete overview

Programs, Group Activities

Special events are conducted throughout the year. Groups of ten or more please contact us for reservations and to discuss all the group tour options available for adult, children, and school groups. Group tour options include: private tours of our regularly scheduled buildings, tours with hands-on historic activities and crafts, and Harriet Jacobs Walking Tours. If your group would like a tour about a topic of special interest, or has special requirements, be sure to let us know when you contact us to schedule your tour.

Guided Tours

We offer a variety of tours of Edenton's historic treasures on a daily basis. These tours include:
  • 1758 Cupola House
  • 1767 Chowan County Courthouse
  • 1800/1827 Iredell House
  • 1886 Roanoke River Lighthouse

Other Resources

What's New

  • 1886 Roanoke River Lighthouse
    is now open for tours!

  • Looking for a memorable venue for your wedding or event? Select locations at Historic Edenton are available for that special occasion. Email Edenton@ncdcr.gov or call 252-482-2637 to discuss your needs.

Upcoming Events

  • August 7:
    National Lighthouse Day

    Tuesday, 10 am to 4 pm
    Join Historic Edenton State Historic Site for National Lighthouse Day! FREE tours of the 1886 Roanoke River Lighthouse will be given from 10-4 on Tuesday, August 7, 2018. Reservations are not necessary . . . just stop by the lighthouse located at 7 Dock Street in Edenton!

  • August 11:
    Slumber on the Sound

    Saturday 3 pm to Sunday, 9 am
    Pack up the kids, camping gear, and snacks and join Historic Edenton State Historic Site for the first ever Slumber by the Sound! It's a family camp out in downtown Edenton on the Historic 1767 Chowan County Courthouse Green! Reserve your campsite for $30.00, cash or check. Campsites are limited to 5 people. Participants are asked to sign a waiver and abide by safety rules. Rain date is August 18th. Call Natalie at 252-482-2637 for more info, or email Natalie.Harrison@ncdcr.gov. This event is co-sponsored by Dr. and Mrs. Joseph Ginski, Pediatrician.

    Saturday, August 11
    3 to 6pm: Set up Tent and Campsite
    4pm: Lawn Games and Activities Start
    5pm: Scavenger Hunt Family Competition
    6pm: Dinner is Served
    7pm: Campfire with "s'mores"
    9pm: Quiet time
    10pm: Lights Out

    Sunday, August 12
    7am: Breakfast is Served
    9am: Pack up your campsite

  • Stay tuned for more upcoming events . . .

View NC DNCR Upcoming Events Calendar

Historic Edenton Information

Contact Us

Historic Edenton
108 N. Broad St.
Edenton, N.C. 27932
Phone: (252) 482-2637
Email: edenton@ncdcr.gov

Hours of Operation

Historic Edenton Visitor Center
Tuesday-Saturday 9 am to 5 pm
(Orientation video and exhibits)

Guided Tours

Tuesday-Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm

1767 Chowan County Courthouse
$2.50 per person
1886 Roanoke River Lighthouse
$2.50 per person
The James Iredell House
$2.50 per person
All three above for $5 per person;
Children's and group rates are available.

Harriet Jacobs or Themed Tours
By reservation only, $5 per person

Closed Sunday, Monday, and state holidays.


No admission fee for the Vistor Center. Fees apply to guided tour packages, in addition to specific special events.

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