Historic Sites
& Attractions
Historic Sites
& Attractions
Historic Sites
& Attractions
Historic Sites
& Attractions
Historic Sites
& Attractions

History seeps from every nook and cranny of Edenton.
The historic 18th-century architecture includes some of the state’s oldest homes and churches, as well as the oldest-operating Colonial Courthouse in America, circa 1767. 

 North Carolina’s first Colonial capital was also home to the first political action by women in America’s history. Edenton was established in the late 17th century and incorporated in 1722. Once the second largest port in North Carolina, Edenton provided slaves with a means of escape via the Maritime Underground Railroad. 

Today, it features an extensive historic district with architectural styles spanning 300 years — boasting National Historic Landmarks and multiple locations on the National Register of Historic Places.  

Take the Trolley Tour

Trolley Times & Prices

Travel back in time in style aboard a vintage trolley, where you’ll be guided on a tour through our 300 years of history. 

The narrated tour showcases notable sites throughout the Downtown Historic District and Edenton Cotton Mill Village.

 The story of Edenton unfolds as you make your way around what was once the beating heart of North Carolina’s Colonial era. Marvel at the restored Victorian mansions adorning Edenton Bay and visit the historic site where Harriet Jacobs bravely sought refuge before her daring escape north via the Underground Railroad. Discover the influential figures who once called Edenton home, including signatories of the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution, as well as one of the first U.S. Supreme Court justices. Their impact shaped not only Edenton’s history, but also that of our nation.

Journey through time as you visit the 1767 Chowan County Courthouse, renowned as America’s most preserved Colonial courthouse still in operation. Along the way, you can gaze upon the historic 1886 Roanoke River Lighthouse, and explore The Cupola House, a 1758 gem constructed by Francis Corbin for John Carteret, the Earl of Granville. 

Tickets are available at the Penelope Barker House Welcome Center (all prices include sales tax):

Cost

  • $12.50 Adult (12 and Over)
  • $2.25 Child (6-11 Years)
  • 5 Years and Under Ride FREE

*Groups of 10 or more are $10 per person
(preferably paid in one transaction)

The trolley tours last approximately 50 minutes and depart several times a day from the Penelope Barker House Welcome Center.

All aboard for a scenic tour of the prettiest small town
in the South!

Embark on a captivating journey through Edenton’s rich history with these online resources.