Visit Elizabeth City
Historic Travel Sites
Historic Walking Tours, Underground Railroad, Civil War & Aviation Trails
Elizabeth City is rich in artifacts, architecture and atmosphere. Situated in the center of the Albemarle region and located on the Pasquotank River, Elizabeth City was founded in 1793 and once bustled with activity as boats disembarked from the waterfront to transport goods and people throughout the South.
Today, Elizabeth City visitors can step back in time with its old-fashioned Main Street and sites that bring history to life.
Visitors can pick up brochures for tours and trails at the Elizabeth City Visitors Center inside Museum of the Albemarle or learn more at VisitElizabethCity.com
A regional branch of the North Carolina Museum of History, the museum interprets the history of the counties along the Albemarle Sound area, considered by many to be the birthplace of English America.
Visitors experience even more history by taking a walk around town. There are six historic districts in Elizabeth City, and many opportunities for seeing historic homes and stately government structures.
In the 1800s, African American freedom seekers used the Pasquotank River to escape slavery. Learn more about the different ways freedom seekers made their way north and lived in the surrounding areas. The National Park Service has a marker recognizing the Pasquotank River and the Elizabeth City State University Great Dismal Swamp Boardwalk Project as part of the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom.
See sites associated with the Civil War, located within walking distance of the city’s historic downtown. These markers depict events that took place in Elizabeth City between 1862 and 1863.
Learn about the visits that the Wright brothers made to Elizabeth City by following our aviation trail as they pursued their dream of flight.
In northeastern North Carolina—just 45 minutes from Norfolk, Va., and the Outer Banks—is a charmer of a town. Drive through Downtown Elizabeth City and you may see live music in Pailin’s Alley, local art featured or gallery openings and the Harbor of Hospitality, where boaters are welcomed with a Rose Buddies reception.
INSTEAD OF PASSING THROUGH, WHY NOT STAY AWHILE? LIKE THE POET ROBERT FROST, WHO FOLLOWED THE ROAD LESS TRAVELED TO ELIZABETH CITY IN 1894, TODAY’S VISITORS WILL FIND AN ACCOMMODATING GETAWAY WITH A PLEASING CHARM.