This self-guided, mobile-friendly tour highlights some of the area’s finest and most historic sites, giving visitors a glimpse into Edenton’s rich history.
And, with the warmer weather and spring flowers in bloom, now is the perfect time to explore the Edenton Museum Trail.
So, put on some comfortable walking shoes, grab your mobile phone (which comes in handy along the way), and prepare for a cultural and educational journey through Edenton’s historic downtown.
There are 15 stops along the trail, each designated by a pedestal sign explaining the history, including photos and graphics, and offering extra information through QR codes you can scan with your mobile phone.
Start your trip at the Penelope Barker House located at the waterfront. There is ample parking so you can leave your car there while you take the trail.
This historic house offers a wide range of exhibits focusing on Edenton’s colonial and post-colonial history. You can also pick up a map here.
You’ll wander along the picturesque waterfront until you end up at tour stop #5 – the iconic 1905 Edenton Teapot, next to the courthouse green.
If you’re ready for a snack at this point in the tour, stop into Edenton Tea Company at King Street Marketplace for a teatime treat box that you can enjoy inside or while sitting on the courthouse green. While you’re there, you can pick up a commemorative Edenton teapot.
Next, you’ll wander by some of Edenton’s oldest historic buildings, including the 1767 Chowan County Courthouse, the oldest house still standing in North Carolina, and the 1758 Cupola House and Gardens.
Don’t miss out on exploring the grounds of the 1736 St. Paul’s Church, where several historic, colonial figures are buried. St. Paul’s is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is the oldest North Carolina church building still in regular use today.
You’ll end the trail back at the waterfront by the 1886 Roanoke River Lighthouse. Don’t worry! You’re not far from your car, right across the parking lot.
Overall, the Edenton Museum Trail is a great way to experience the history and natural beauty of Edenton. By taking a few hours to explore this unique tour, you’ll get to discover the town’s fascinating past and all it has to offer.
We hope to see you on the trail!