Historic Edenton State Historic Site

Historic Edenton State Historic Site Historic Edenton State Historic Site offers a wide range of tours of the historic district of Edenton, N.C. including the James Iredell House, the Historic 1767 Chowan County Courthouse, the Cupola House, and the 1886 Roanoke River Lighthouse.
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It's that time-the Iredell Property is being decorated for the holidays! The Iredell Property will be open from 9:00 AM ...
12/02/2020

It's that time-the Iredell Property is being decorated for the holidays!

The Iredell Property will be open from 9:00 AM until 5:00 PM on December 11-12 free of charge! Stop by to see costumed interpreters in the Bandon Kitchen and Schoolhouse, as well as a living history demonstration of apple-pressing! We'll see you there! 🙋‍♀️🙋‍♂️🎄

There’s an explosion of holiday cheer in the Visitor Center! The Friends of State Historic Sites, Edenton are selling am...
12/01/2020

There’s an explosion of holiday cheer in the Visitor Center! The Friends of State Historic Sites, Edenton are selling amaryllis and paperwhite bulbs from Terra Ceia Farms-stop by the Visitor Center Tuesday-Saturday from 9:00 AM until 5:00 PM to purchase this perfect gift or centerpiece!

Amaryllis bulb (potted): $20.00
Paperwhite bulbs (potted): $12.00
Paperwhite bulbs (bagged): $10.00
Cash or check only

#OTD On November 28, 1777 a "Bill for the Regulation of the Town of Edenton" was submitted to the House of Commons in th...
11/28/2020

#OTD On November 28, 1777 a "Bill for the Regulation of the Town of Edenton" was submitted to the House of Commons in the North Carolina General Assembly.

The Bill provided for the creation of a board of commissioners to levy taxes in the town, and established that "...no inhabitants of the said Town shall on any [pretence] whatsoever, keep any hog or hogs, shoat or pigs or goose running at large within the bounds of the said Town on penalty of forfeiting such hog or hogs, shoat or pigs or goose and paying the sum of twenty shillings proclamation money to the party aggrieved..."

The staff members of the Historic Edenton State Historic Site wish you a safe and happy Thanksgiving!
11/26/2020

The staff members of the Historic Edenton State Historic Site wish you a safe and happy Thanksgiving!

The Historic Edenton State Historic Site will be closed on Thursday, November 26 and Friday, November 27 in observance o...
11/25/2020

The Historic Edenton State Historic Site will be closed on Thursday, November 26 and Friday, November 27 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.

Happy Sunday! ☀️🌊⚓️🦆
11/22/2020

Happy Sunday! ☀️🌊⚓️🦆

Ready for more Edenton #trivia? What building is depicted in this ca. 1930 image? 🤔🧐
11/21/2020

Ready for more Edenton #trivia? What building is depicted in this ca. 1930 image? 🤔🧐

#FlashbackFriday From our photo archives-check out this ca. 1905 image of Broad Street facing South towards the waterfro...
11/20/2020

#FlashbackFriday From our photo archives-check out this ca. 1905 image of Broad Street facing South towards the waterfront!

From the Ross and Frances Inglis Photograph Collection at the State Archives of North Carolina-check out this ca. 1905 i...
11/19/2020

From the Ross and Frances Inglis Photograph Collection at the State Archives of North Carolina-check out this ca. 1905 image of a loaded steam-powered flatboat at the Greenfield Fishery in Chowan County!

#OTD On November 18, 1828, James Iredell Jr. advertised in the "Edenton Gazette" that his house on King Street was for s...
11/18/2020

#OTD On November 18, 1828, James Iredell Jr. advertised in the "Edenton Gazette" that his house on King Street was for sale. At the time, he was serving as the 23rd Governor of the State of North Carolina, and would soon begin his term as a United States Senator representing North Carolina. He had lost his mother, Hannah, just two years prior, and had relocated his family to the Raleigh area.

Looks like our Craft Services Team has a “flock” of observers while they work on the 1886 Roanoke River Lighthouse this ...
11/18/2020

Looks like our Craft Services Team has a “flock” of observers while they work on the 1886 Roanoke River Lighthouse this morning!

#BehindtheScenes Historic Interpreters Charles Boyette and Kayla Collins have been working on special outreach projects ...
11/17/2020

#BehindtheScenes Historic Interpreters Charles Boyette and Kayla Collins have been working on special outreach projects this month!

Charles served as an essay contest judge for the Daughters of the American Revolution, Edenton Tea Party Chapter! In honor of the 250th anniversary of the Boston Massacre, local middle school students were asked to write about the event as if they viewed it from a first-person perspective.

Kayla delivered presentations about the "Road to the 19th Amendment" to the Edenton Women's Club and the Daughters of the American Revolution, Edenton Tea Party Chapter! Her content highlighted the milestones of the movement such as the conference on the Civil and Political Rights of Women held in Seneca Falls, NY in 1848, and discussed the lengthy and dangerous struggle to secure women's suffrage in the United States and Great Britain.

In 1765, the Justices of Chowan County were entered into the "Crown Docket" of the Edenton District Superior Court to an...
11/16/2020

In 1765, the Justices of Chowan County were entered into the "Crown Docket" of the Edenton District Superior Court to answer for the poor condition of the existing courthouse, prison, and pillory. Two years later, the 1767 Chowan County Courthouse accommodated its first court session.

From the Frances Benjamin Johnston Collection at UNC Chapel Hill-check out this ca. 1935 image of the courtroom in the 1...
11/15/2020

From the Frances Benjamin Johnston Collection at UNC Chapel Hill-check out this ca. 1935 image of the courtroom in the 1767 Chowan County Courthouse!

From the North Carolina Photographic Archives at UNC Chapel Hill-check out this ca. 1910 image of the Branning Planing M...
11/14/2020

From the North Carolina Photographic Archives at UNC Chapel Hill-check out this ca. 1910 image of the Branning Planing Mill as seen from Pembroke Creek! Can you spot the Norfolk & Southern Railroad cars? 🧐

Want to know where this mill was located? Check out this clip from the 1910 Sanborn Fire Insurance map of Edenton! Follow the link to view the rest of the map: https://dc.lib.unc.edu/cdm/compoundobject/collection/ncmaps/id/4891/rec/5.

#FlashbackFriday From the North Carolina Postcards Collection, check out this ca. 1910 image of Water Street as seen fro...
11/13/2020

#FlashbackFriday From the North Carolina Postcards Collection, check out this ca. 1910 image of Water Street as seen from Edenton Bay! ⚓️

Governor Cooper has proclaimed November 2020 as American Indian Heritage Month! This month celebrates the contributions ...
11/12/2020

Governor Cooper has proclaimed November 2020 as American Indian Heritage Month! This month celebrates the contributions and culture of American Indians to our state and society.

Happy Veteran's Day! The Historic Edenton State Historic Site is offering free tours to veterans and their families on S...
11/11/2020

Happy Veteran's Day! The Historic Edenton State Historic Site is offering free tours to veterans and their families on Saturday, November 14th! Options include admission to the 10:00 AM guided tour, the 2:00 PM guided tour, and the 1886 Roanoke River Lighthouse (open 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM)!

The Historic Edenton State Historic Site will be closed tomorrow, November 11, 2020, in observance of Veteran’s Day. 🇺🇸🇺...
11/10/2020

The Historic Edenton State Historic Site will be closed tomorrow, November 11, 2020, in observance of Veteran’s Day. 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

#OTD On November 9, 1810 the "Edenton Gazette" published the following advertisement for dancing lessons held at the 176...
11/09/2020

#OTD On November 9, 1810 the "Edenton Gazette" published the following advertisement for dancing lessons held at the 1767 Chowan County Courthouse!

From the North Carolina Postcards Collection-check out this ca. 1905 postcard of what is now Broad Street, facing south ...
11/08/2020

From the North Carolina Postcards Collection-check out this ca. 1905 postcard of what is now Broad Street, facing south towards the waterfront!

The Historic Edenton State Historic Site needs your help to decorate the Bandon Schoolhouse Christmas Tree! Create a hol...
11/07/2020

The Historic Edenton State Historic Site needs your help to decorate the Bandon Schoolhouse Christmas Tree! Create a holiday ornament (or a scene of ornaments) and drop it off at the Visitor Center by December 9th to have it featured during our holiday celebration! The person that creates the best ornament or scene of ornaments will win a live Christmas tree! 🎄🎄🎄

#FlashbackFriday From the North Carolina Photographic Archives at UNC Chapel Hill-check out this ca. 1910 image of Edent...
11/06/2020

#FlashbackFriday From the North Carolina Photographic Archives at UNC Chapel Hill-check out this ca. 1910 image of Edenton's waterfront!

Ready for more #trivia? Which historic building in Edenton has these cool roof lines? 🧐
11/05/2020

Ready for more #trivia? Which historic building in Edenton has these cool roof lines? 🧐

We are offering an "Edenton: From Civil War to Civil Rights" tour this Saturday, November 7 at 1:00 PM! This tour discus...
11/04/2020

We are offering an "Edenton: From Civil War to Civil Rights" tour this Saturday, November 7 at 1:00 PM! This tour discusses Edenton's African American history from the end of the Civil War into the Civil Rights period, and provides an overview of the life of activist Golden Frinks.

The tour meets at the Historic Edenton State Historic Site Visitor Center at 108 North Broad Street, and tickets are $5.00 per person. The tour is suggested for adults and children in the eighth grade-level or higher.

Space is limited-please call 252-482-2637 to place a reservation.

It’s a beautiful day to go #vote! ⚓️Check out this resource from the State Library of North Carolina to find your pollin...
11/03/2020

It’s a beautiful day to go #vote! ⚓️

Check out this resource from the State Library of North Carolina to find your polling place! http://bit.ly/SLNCVote2020

Happy #ElectionDay! If you have any questions, check out these resources from the State Library of North Carolina!
11/03/2020

Happy #ElectionDay! If you have any questions, check out these resources from the State Library of North Carolina!

#ElectionDay Questions? Check out the non-partisan
State Library of North Carolina voter guide for North Carolina voters. http://bit.ly/SLNCVote2020.

#YourVoteCountsNC #Vote2020

From the North Carolina Postcards Collection at UNC Chapel Hill-Check out this ca. 1910 postcard of the United States Fi...
11/02/2020

From the North Carolina Postcards Collection at UNC Chapel Hill-Check out this ca. 1910 postcard of the United States Fish Hatchery in Edenton! This card is part of a series from Mitchener's Pharmacy.

The Friends of State Historic Sites, Edenton are taking pre-orders for holiday bulbs from Terra Ceia Farms! Call 252.482...
11/01/2020

The Friends of State Historic Sites, Edenton are taking pre-orders for holiday bulbs from Terra Ceia Farms! Call 252.482.2637 Tuesday-Saturday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM to place your order! Gift bags of paperwhite bulbs are available for walk-in purchase at the Visitor Center Tuesday-Saturday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM through December 12!

The staff members of the Historic Edenton State Historic Site wish you a safe and happy Halloween! 🎃
10/31/2020

The staff members of the Historic Edenton State Historic Site wish you a safe and happy Halloween! 🎃

It’s another beautiful morning! 😍☀️🍂🌊
10/31/2020

It’s another beautiful morning! 😍☀️🍂🌊

#FlashbackFriday From the North Carolina Collection Photographic Archives at UNC Chapel Hill-Check out this ca. 1900 ima...
10/30/2020

#FlashbackFriday From the North Carolina Collection Photographic Archives at UNC Chapel Hill-Check out this ca. 1900 image of the 1767 Chowan County Courthouse when it was painted white!

#ThrowbackThursday Check out the "Index to Advertisers"page from the 1962 edition of Hill's Edenton City Directory! Foll...
10/29/2020

#ThrowbackThursday Check out the "Index to Advertisers"
page from the 1962 edition of Hill's Edenton City Directory! Follow the link to view the full directory on DigitalNC: https://lib.digitalnc.org/record/25006!

From the Houghton Library at Harvard University-check out these vessel registration documents for a schooner bound for "...
10/28/2020

From the Houghton Library at Harvard University-check out these vessel registration documents for a schooner bound for "Martinico" (Martinique) from Edenton! 🌊🌊⚓️

Requirements for vessel registration were set down in the first session of the first United States Congress. Under the original statute, only a ship that was entirely owned by a United States citizen(s) could register as a "ship or vessel of the United States"!

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108 N Broad St
Edenton, NC
27932

Opening Hours

Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00
Saturday 09:00 - 17:00

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(252) 482-2637

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I am looking into a trip to Edenton, NC with my mother. Her mother lived there, as well as six generations back. Is there a genealogical center and/or a cemetery list of headstones that goes back generations? My grandmother was a Swain. Our Quaker ancestors came down from Nantucket Island and settled the Edenton/Hertford area. My mother met my father in Norfolk, and left the area to marry him in Wisconsin, and rarely got back to visit. I am the family history buff in the family, and now live closer in Charleston, SC.
I was given a book called A New Voyage to Carolina from the collection of a deceased friend. It was published in England in 1709 and I have a Readex Microprint version publishe in 1966. I am not able to enjoy it as the old English printing is too difficult for my eyes. If anyone is interested in this book I would be willing to gift it to a historical group or individual. Please private message me if interested.
Young boy learns to roll a barrel ring during Edenton Christmas tour at the Iredell House. The Iredell schoolhouse teacher explains aptly explains how and even a very nice rolling demonstration.
7 December sunset
I climbed it on National Lighthouse Day. I love that little lighthouse.
https://janicecolehopkins.blogspot.com/2017/12/national-cookie-day-december-4th-is.html The history of the cookie for National Cookie Day - - -
My family lived in Edenton for many years. We used to eat at "Mrs. Boswell's restaurant on Sundays! We LOVED her infamous German chocolate pie. (The one with the meringue crust!) We used to order an entire pie on our later visits to Edenton after we moved and would sit in the parking lot and each of us would eat the entire pie. I would LOVE to get this recipe if anyone has it!??? PLEASE!
The walking tour
The walking tour.
The walking tour.