When you embark on the Historic Albemarle Tour, which winds through our sites and coastal North Carolina counties, you encounter chapters from American history that teach volumes about the present.

The tale of this ancient region is the story of America. It’s a story of growth and change. Of wilderness walks and uncharted horizons. Of rivers and oceans. Of exploration and independence. A multi-dimensional microcosm of the American experience.

Discover Eastern North Carolina Historic Sites. Take a self-guided tour, schedule a student field trip and book large groups.

Relive our history by joining the Historic Albemarle Tour!
To travel through time, just follow the trail.


There are many wonderful books and resources about the Historic Albemarle Region!

Pea Island Lifesavers

Fire on the Beach, Pea Island Lifesavers

African American History

Time Full of Trial: The Roanoke Island Freedmen's Colony, 1862-1867

Blackbeard the Pirate

Blackbeard Pirate Book, A reassessment of the life, maraudings, loves, and exploits of Edward Teach, infamous colonial American pirate, and his social, political, and cultural milieus

Maritime History

Cape Hatteras Americas Lighthouse