Edenton is home to many vibrant pieces of North Carolina's history, one of them being St. Paul's Episcopal Church in historic downtown. This magnolia-sheltered, red-brick church is the second oldest church in the state. Its construction began in 1736 and was completed in 1776, and the churchyard itself was established in 1722. Up to today the church has undergone two major series of repairs and renovations, which provided its current woodwork, flooring and steeple. Several activists in the Revolutionary War were also part of St. Paul's first parish, including North Carolina's first state governor and a signee of the Declaration of Independence. To this day St. Paul's remains a house of worship and welcomes all who wish to visit. Attend a service, visit the graves of illustrious characters from our state and national history or marvel at the historic architecture, including the Rector's Study, which has been maintained since the Victorian era.