Historic Edenton


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Incorporated in 1722, Edenton is North Carolina's second oldest town. Historic Edenton, overlooking Albemarle Sound, features multiple sites for guided and self-guided tours.


1. Barker House
Built in 1772, it was the home of Thomas and Penelope Barker. This lovely home overlooks Edenton Bay.
2. Chowan County Courthouse
Built in 1767 and in excellent condition, Chowan County Courthouse is one of the finest examples of Georgian architecture in the South.
3. Cupola House
Architecturally significant Jacobean-style house completed in 1758; purchased in 1768 by Samuel Dickenson, whose descendents lived there until 1918.
4. James Iredell House
Built in 1773 and purchased five years later by James Iredell, who became an associate justice of the first U.S. Supreme Court.
5. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
Completed in 1766, extensive repairs and the addition of a steeple were completed in 1809. Many of the Revolutionary leaders in this area were members of St Paul’s, including Joseph Hewes, Thomas Jones, and James Iredell.

[King] George was unswervingly loyal to people he trusted and ideas he believed to be true; and he behaved in ways that a modern psychologist might interpret as obsessive. As a young man he would, for example, eat virtually the same dinner every day of his adult life (bread, soup, beets or turnips, and mutton — varying only on Sundays, when he allowed himself roast beef). The regularity of his tastes bespoke a deeper hunger for order.

Fred Anderson
Crucible of War: The Seven Years’ War and the Fate of Empire in British North America, 1754 - 1766 (2000)