Edenton State Historic Site

108 North Broad Street
Edenton, NC 27932
Tuesday – Saturday
9 am – 5 pm
P: (252) 482-2637

The Penelope Barker
Welcome Center

505 South Broad Street
Open daily 10 am – 5 pm
P: (252) 482-7800

Admission Fees:
Fees based on participation in various activities.
Adults $1-$10
Students $0.25-$3.50

W: Edenton

Edenton the 1st Colonial Capital on the Albemarle Sound

Historic Travel Sites


“Edenton served as the colonial capital of North Carolina from 1722 to 1743, with the governor establishing his residence there and the population increasing during that period.” During the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, Edenton was a political, cultural, and commercial center in the colonies and in the fledgling nation. One of its citizens signed the Declaration of Independence (a second signer died in Edenton while fleeing his creditors), and another signed the United States Constitution.

Edenton, North Carolina, is a storybook place. The view across Edenton Bay and the Albemarle Sound from the foot of Broad Street, the lovely waterfront parks, the tree-lined streets flanked by fine eighteenth- and nineteenth-century homes, the magnificent 1767 Chowan County Courthouse with its green running to the water, together yield an unsurpassed feeling of romance, charm, and warmth.
(The Chowan County Courthouse is a National Historic Landmark).

But, Edenton is more than its long, important history. It is a prosperous and vibrant community that welcomes visitors to share in the beauty of the land and the water, and in life today in a remarkable small Southern town.

Edenton has been called “The South’s prettiest town.”Established in the late seventeenth century and incorporated in 1722, it is located on Edenton Bay at the head of the Albemarle Sound, 90 miles southwest of Norfolk, Virginia. A town of 5,000 people, Edenton retains an extensive historic district with a wonderful assemblage of eighteenth-, nineteenth-, and early-twentieth-century buildings. A guided walking tour of the historic district is offered several times a day, Tuesday – Saturday throughout the year from the Historic Edenton State Historic Site located at 108 N. Broad Street. The walking tour includes interior tours of the 1800/1827 James Iredell House, 1736 St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1767 Chowan County Courthouse, 1758 Cupola House, and the c.1782 Barker House. Special Themed Tours, including a Harriet Jacob’s Tour, are available throughout the year from the State Historic Site as well. A guided trolley tour of the historic district is offered several times a day, Tuesday – Saturday, throughout the year from the Penelope Barker Welcome Center located at 505 S. Broad Street.

Today, the record of accomplishment from earlier days can be seen in the public and private buildings along the streets of this remarkable community, and in the pride its residents take in their past and present.


Historic Edenton State Historic Site
Tuesday – Saturday: 9 am – 5 pm

Penelope Barker House Welcome Center
10am – 5pm Daily

Admission Fees:
Fees based on participation in various activities.
Range: adults $1-$10; Students $0.25-$3.50


Edenton-Chowan Tourism Development Authority
Website: Visit Edenton
Email: nancy.nicholls@chowan.nc.gov


  • Visitor center
  • Gift Shop
  • Free parking
  • Audio/visual presentation
  • Public restrooms
  • Motorcoach parking
  • Museum/exhibits
  • Historic structures

Handicap Accessibility: Historic Edenton State Historic Site visitor center is fully accessible; site is partially accessible.
Nearest Major Town/City: Edenton (90 miles from Greenville, NC. 90 miles from Norfolk, VA)


For booking Group Tours (Walking, Historic Building, Trolley, and Step-on Guides)
Please contact the SHS at 252-482-2637

Colonial, Federal Period, Maritime, African-American

Guided Walking and Trolley Tours
Group Tours available including: Walking Tours, Historic Building Tours, Trolley Tours, and Step-on Guides Bus Tours (please contact the Historic Edenton State Historic Site at 252-482-2637 for booking)
On-site interpretive activities
Staff interpreters
Self-guided exhibits
Hands-on activities
Off-site/outreach activities


Maximum group size limit of 150 students
Reservations required
Admission fees range from $.25-$3.50 per student, depending on tour options chosen
Variable depending on options chosen
Curriculum-based tours for K-12 students