As you walk along the waterfront in Edenton’s historic downtown, you'll see that the area is dotted by historic landmarks. One that dates the town perhaps more than any other — the one that makes you pause and ask if you somehow got transported back to the Civil War — is the Edenton Bell Battery. Two bronze cannon face outward over the water, ready to defend the town. The battery was established by and composed of men from Chowan, Tyrrell and Washington counties. At the time supplies were scarce, so the area’s residents donated their bells to be melted and cast into four cannon. Today you can check out the 12-pound howitzer made from the bell at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and the 6-pound gun Edenton, poured from the bell at the Chowan County Courthouse (the whereabouts of the other two cannon are unknown).