Edenton, NC, Attractions

While there are many things to do in our town, the Edenton, NC, attractions that we highlight tend to have their roots in the town’s roots – in the historic beginnings and experiences of Edenton since Colonial times. Edenton was established in 1712 and was originally called Towne on Queen Anne’s Creek. It was renamed and incorporated in 1722 as the town of Edenton after Governor Charles Eden. Being one of the oldest towns in the state, it’s understandable that our historic buildings are one of our most cherished Edenton, NC, attractions, and we’ve worked hard to maintain and restore them to both honor our past and give people a sort of living history lesson today. Many of these sites date to the early 1700s, some remind us of the trials of wars and a few are houses of worship that have welcomed parishioner for more than 300 years. Some of our local industries that were housed in gracious old buildings, peanut farming and cotton ginning, also are current-day Edenton attractions. And, we give you fun ways to visit all these sites with ease through guided, self-guided and trolley tours.

Outdoor Edenton, NC, Attractions

Not every Edenton, NC, attraction is of the historic sort! In an area where waterways meet land, you can count on boat cruises and lighthouses. Those same waters and the rich ecosystem they provide serve as the backdrop for a national fish hatchery. And, as an Edenton attraction of a somewhat similar ilk, native son Jim “Catfish” Hunter’s museum is a regional draw as is the sport of baseball that he so helped support.

Penelope Barker House

Edenton, NC, Attraction
505 S. Broad Street, Edenton
(252) 482-7800

One Edenton attraction that often catches people's eyes before any other is the Penelope Barker House. The three-story white house rests at the end of Edenton's historic downtown, half facing S. Broad Street and the other overlooking the sound. Also serving as Edenton and Chowan County's welcome center, it's known as "Edenton's living room." Visitors tend to pick up informational pamphlets here as well as... read more

One Edenton attraction that often catches people's eyes before any other is the Penelope Barker... read more

The Cupola House

Edenton, NC, Attraction
408 S. Broad Street, Edenton
(252) 482-2637

Tour one of Edenton's cultural and historic gems at the Cupola House. This Registered National Historic Landmark was built in 1758 by the last of the English Lord Proprietors. It immediately gained recognition as a stand-out Jacobean-style house south of Connecticut. As time passed the house fell into disrepair, but in an inspiring display of commitment to Edenton's culture, local citizens rallied together in what... read more

Tour one of Edenton's cultural and historic gems at the Cupola House. This Registered National... read more

The Rocky Hock Playhouse

Edenton, NC, Attraction
749 Virginia Road, Edenton
(252) 482-4621

Whether you’re a resident or simply passing through, spice up your time in Edenton by checking out the entertainment scene. The Rocky Hock Playhouse produces and puts on about four to five new Christian musicals each year. It was founded by Jeff and Gloria Emmerich who write, direct and produce all the shows, casting actors from the local community. The Rocky Hock Playhouse fosters an... read more

Whether you’re a resident or simply passing through, spice up your time in Edenton by... read more