May events in Edenton, North Carolina, and Chowan County.

The events are listed chronologically by the last day the event will be held. Please make sure to look at the whole list to see if an event is going on during the time you plan to visit.

(If you prefer to also see community events (such as Town Council Meetings), as well as the featured events below, go to this page.)


May,  2021 - Daily Closed Tuesdays

The Penelope Barker House Welcome Center

Learn of Penelope Barker's  organizing of  the Edenton Tea Party, the 2nd floor Furniture Exhibit and the offerings in the Book and Gift Shop.  Self-Guided Touring also begins from this site  along the Museum Trail with social distancing.

Trolley Tours leave at 10:30 am; noon and 2:30 pm Mon, Wed,- Sat.  Sundays at 11:30 am and 1:00 pm (May - on seasonally). 
     10 am - 5 pm
      505 S Broad St.

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Tuesdays - Saturdays - May,  2021

Historic Edenton State Historic Site Visitor Center

The Historic Edenton State Historic Site Visitor Center is open with walking tours at 10 am and 2 pm as well as visiting with COVID procedures in place for keeping everyone safe.  1767 Chowan County Courthouse; 1886 Roanoke River Lighthouse; 1800 James Iredell House and Dependencies. The Visitor Center is open 9 am - 5 pm.
All Sites Tour, inclusive of:
Iredell House and dependencies
1767 Chowan County Courthouse
1886 Roanoke River Lighthouse
St. Paul's Episcopal Church & historical cemetery
COST: $5.00 per adult, $2.50 per child (ages 3-15)

 Individual Site Tours
Iredell House and dependencies
1767 Chowan County Courthouse
1886 Roanoke River Lighthouse
St. Paul's Episcopal Church & historical cemetery
COST: $2.50 per adult, $1.50 per child (ages 3-15); per Site

Additional Tours
Cupola House Tour (10 am – 4 pm) by reservation
COST: $5.00 per adult, $2.50 per child         

Harriet Jacobs Tour
COST: $2.50 per adult, $1.50 per child
Fridays & Saturdays throughout February & March at 1 pm
Year round by reservation.

1886 Roanoke River Lighthouse, call for a tour 252-482-2637
10 am – 4 pm;  Tuesday – Saturday (April thru December)

Historic Edenton State Historic Site
108 North Broad Street   
Telephone: 252-482-2637   Fax: 252-482-3499
Email: 9 am - 5 pm
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May,  2021

Outdoor Historic Museum Trail Touring

A great month to get out and discover the rich history that has and continues to make Edenton a special place to live and visit.  Begin your tour at the Penelope Barker House, 505 S Broad Street and continue along the 15 sites.  It is also possible for all ages with picture taking and journaling to be shared in the upcoming fall classroom.

505 S Broad Street



Saturday, May 1,  8, 15, 22, 29, 2021

Edenton Farmers Market

Please join us every Saturday for the weekly farmers market, held indoors in the Farmer's Market Building as well as outdoors. Local farmers and artisans will be on site with a wide variety of items for sale, including organic fruits & vegetables, meat, eggs, honey, baked goods, arts & crafts and a whole lot more! Seasonally, the market is held on Wednesdays from 3 - 6 pm through the Wednesday before Thanksgiving also.

200 N Broad Street



Saturday, May 8, 2021

May 2- 8th National Tourism Week - Celebrate in Edenton on Saturday, May 8th

Celebrate with us and our neighboring counties of Camden, Currituck, Perquimans and Pasquotank during a week devoted to Travel and what it means for all of us in this region and throughout the state of NC.

On Saturday, May 8th - Edenton and Chowan County invite you to take a complimentary Trolley Tour, Paddle Our Creeks, River, Bay and Sound using at no cost equipment from the Edenton Harbor Office, Tour our Historic Sites such as the 1767 Chowan County Courthouse, 1886 Roanoke River Lighthouse, 1827 James Iredell Historic Home and Dependencies highlighting unique architecture, historical figures that have made all that has taken place possible.  Old Jail Tours will also be available - you will just need to go to the Penelope Barker House Welcome Center to get your ticket and it will let you know what time your tour will take place.

Call and Reserve your Spot with Historic Edenton for their Historic Crafts & Trade Event taking place at the James Iredell House in celebration of National Tourism Day.  Visiting Tradesmen will be in attendance.

More details soon.

Historic Edenton State Historic Site
108 N Broad Street James Iredell House
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Public - 10 am - 4 pm
Trolley Tours Offered through the Penelope Barker House Welcome Center
10:30 am; noontime: 2:30 pm - call and reserve your seat


 Thursday, May 6, 2021

Edenton Chowan Chamber Golf Tournament

Teams hit the Links at Mulberry Hill and compete for prizes in a favorite sport.  A great way to enjoy the beautiful surroundings, fellowship with Chamber Members and their guests in support of a great organization.

Team and Sponsorship information is available by calling or emailing Susan Creed: / 252-482-3400 at the Chamber for details.

Edenton Chowan Chamber of Commerce
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 Saturday, May 15, 2021

Dance Under The Stars

Dance under the Stars: The Cupola House's  Garden Ball. Music to waltz, tango and flirt by,

Champagne, Martinis and Culinary Triumphs. Romance is in the night's air. Ball Gowns and Tuxedos.

$75.00 per person and the favor of your reply by May 1st (space limited to the first 125) 

Cupola House Gardens are open every Sunday 12 - 3 pm and the gardens are beautiful

The Cupola House Association
Rain date:  May 22, 2021
6:30 pm

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