Edenton Tea Party Celebrations Continue in 2024

Edenton Tea Party Celebrations Continue in 2024

Last year, Edenton set into motion celebrations for the 250th Anniversary of the Edenton Tea Party with special guest speakers, Tea Trolley tours, a Colonial Celebration with the Garden of Eden Club, a “Centuries of Famous Women” Christmas tree display at the Cupola House Gardens, and “A Colonial Christmas” march in the annual Edenton-Chowan Christmas parade. 

These kick-off celebrations were only the beginning because we’ve planned more events throughout 2024 to commemorate and celebrate the 250th Anniversary of the Edenton Tea Party, and we don’t want you to miss out!

The Edenton Tea Party, which dates back to October 25, 1774, was one of the earliest recorded political demonstrations taken by women in Colonial America. 

Following on the heels of the Boston Tea Party on December 16, 1773, the Edenton Tea Party was organized to resist unfair “taxation without representation” placed on the colonies by Great Britain.

In Edenton, a group of 51 women decided to pen their names to a resolution which they sent to London to boycott English goods, including tea. This resolution, with the full names of its signers, was then published in newspapers throughout England.

This historical event was one of several across the colonies that eventually led to the American Revolution in 1775. 

Throughout this year, we’ll be announcing special speakers, activities, and events that you can participate in as we commemorate this historic event, but here are some upcoming events that you can plan to attend now. 

Edenton Tea Party Trolley Tours

One of our most popular events in 2023 was the Edenton Tea Party Trolley Tours, which we will continue monthly through September (except for the month of April). 

This special tour will feature costumed interpreters who will share the personal stories and history of the 51 women who signed The Resolves. 

Departing from the Penelope Barker House, this 45-minute tour on our Edenton Trolley will take you through the streets and sites where these 51 women lived. 

Along the way, you’ll learn more about the events which led to the Edenton Tea Party and get a glimpse into the momentous impact these women had leading up to the American Revolution. 

Your tour will end at the house of one of the signers where a special reception in your honor will be hosted, including tea, refreshments, and entertainment. 

Tickets are on sale here or you can purchase them in-person at the Penelope Barker House in Edenton. Reserve yours now as tickets sell out quickly and dates for this tour are limited. For more information, call 252-482-7800.

Penny University Speakers Series

Coffeehouses in 17th and 18th century Britain became known as “Penny Universities,” where artists, intellectuals, and academics gathered to discuss a variety of topics. 

For the price of a cup of coffee, anyone could listen to these discussions, and so, in a way, these coffeehouses made education affordable for the average person and allowed a diversity of opinions to enter the public discourse. 

These “Penny Universities,” much like the Edenton Tea Party, were part of a revolution that changed society and shaped nations. 

We’re very excited to offer residents and visitors our own free version of the Penny University Speaker’s Series at the Shepard-Pruden Memorial Library throughout the month of February and into March.

Join us on Mondays at 5:30 p.m. to hear speakers discuss a variety of topics including 18th century science and medicine, female artillery in Colonial America, philosophy and religion in Colonial America, textiles, and furniture making in the 18th century. 

Everyone is welcome to attend these lectures, and free coffee and hot chocolate will be provided. Come drink coffee and drink in knowledge!

As 2024 progresses, we are excited about other events scheduled as part of our celebration of the 250th Anniversary of the Edenton Tea Party, so check our calendar of events often to see what’s been added! 

We hope this year-long celebration will bring history to life and remind us of the great blessings we enjoy in Edenton and America.

We can’t wait for you to be a part of it, so join us here in Edenton this year and celebrate our unique American history all year long!

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