2016 Christmas Candlelight Tour

Edenton’s 35th Annual Christmas Candlelight Tour will occur Friday, Dec. 9th & Saturday, Dec. 10th.–4:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

Tickets are good for both days: $30 in advance, $35 on days of the Tour.  Please come back to this page and follow us as we update new information and pictures beginning the first week of November.

To order your tickets call the Penelope Barker House at 252-482-7800 or click the Cart link below to order online today.  (Your cart will appear in the right hand column.)

 Our Annual Events

Every year, the Penelope Barker House Welcome Center sponsors several fantastic events.  To see pictures from past events, as well as information on what’s on the horizon, visit our Events page, which is located under the Gift Shop tab.

Taste of Edenton – A Fun Party!     October 28th and we’ve scheduled beautiful weather with a great sunset.

Beautiful weather, incredible food, and lots of happy people!  For pictures, visit our Facebook page here.

Another Amazing Candlelight Tour!

 strawberry-hill-edenton-ncAlthough rarely open for public tours, Strawberry Hill will welcome visitors this year.  This classic southern plantation house was built in 1788 by former Congressman Charles Johnson.  It is a National Register of Historic Places home, the perfect reflection of Southern Grace adn Charm.  The 2016 Tour features both historic homes and repurposed Cotton Mill condos – 14 in all. 

In addition to the other historic homes, all decorated in traditional Christmas attire, a number of repurposed Edenton Cotton Mill condos will also welcome visitors.  The Mill, constructed a little more than a century after Strawberry Hill, was only converted to beautiful condos ten or so years ago.  The feeling of the mill’s high ceilings, beautiful aged floors and solid construction is maintained in the lofts and apartments of the repurposed mill.  Like the historic homes, they will be decorated in traditional Christmas spirit.

Although the tour location changes from year to year, the focus is on beautifully decorated and privately owned homes in Historic Edenton. Enjoy the pictures of our most recent Christmas Candlelight Tour of Edenton: here.

The 35th Annual Christmas Candlelight Tour will take place December 9th &10th from 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm each evening…. Order your tickets now at the $30 each or buy during the Tour at $35.  

An additional complement to this 35th Tour will be A Dickens of a Christmas theme throughout all of Edenton. Other activities are described on the VisitEdenton web site.

Edenton is REAL!

The little town that 300 years ago served as the Colonial Capitol of the newly defined territory of North Carolina invites you to help celebrate a rare anniversary in American history – 300 years of continuous existence.  And the old girl has weathered time well, as Forbes.com noted when they declared Edenton “one of America’s Prettiest Towns”.

Everyone’s first stop while visiting Edenton should be at the Penelope Barker House Welcome Center, home of the courageous Penelope Barker, the organizer of the first (1774) political action by women in western cultures.  Situated at the base of South Broad Street alongside Edenton Bay, the house serves as “Edenton’s Living Room”.  Or take a Trolley tour and see the 1767 Chowan County Courthouse, the oldest in use courthouse in America and the Cupola House, among others.  The Courthouse stands today where it was plotted to stand in 1712. In Edenton, you will be seeing originals, not reproductions.

Barker House & LighthouseThe Penelope Barker House Welcome Center (pictured right) and Roanoke River Lighthouse (pictured left) are open to the public seven days each week from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. For more information contact us at (252) 482-7800 or info@ehcnc.org.

 Edenton Museum Trail

What is a museum trail?  The breadth of Edenton’s story simply will not fit inside a single structure unless you want to forget about the original buildings that are part of this little town’s amazing contribution to the creation of the United States and to North Carolina.  The contents go beyond buildings to include stories about amazing people who served as the first colonial Governor of North Carolina, told a King “NO,” signed the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, helping to write both, created our first navy, served as George Washington’s appointee to the very first U. S. Supreme Court, many U. S. Senators, Representatives and Governors of North Carolina and of slaves who became highly respected freed real estate owners, carpenters and builders of churches.

Without a building large enough to tell the story, we created a nice walk through the town connecting the sites.  They are all original buildings, not re-creations here, this is the real thing.  Use the map below to visit the Edenton Museum or follow the links to read about various sites.

(1) Barker House

(2) Joseph Hewes & 1778 Cannons

(3) 1905 Edenton Teapot

(4) 1767 Chowan County Courthouse (no QR code on pedestal sign)

(5) 1800/1827 James Iredell House (no QR code on pedestal sign)

(6) Kadesh Church

(7) 1736 St. Paul’s Church

(8) 1758 Cupola House 

(9) Josephine Leary Building 

(10) 1886 Roanoke River Lighthouse (no QR code on pedestal sign)

Historic Trail Map WA

Videos Depicting Life in Edenton’s History

Edenton is over 300 years old, which means that our streets have seen all kinds of fashions and ways of life!! For videos of what life in Edenton, NC might have been like throughout our history, click here.


Historic Pictures of Our Area

22. Bay View Hotel on East King

Bay View Hotel on East King

Have you ever seen a photo of the Norfolk & Southern train ferry? Or heard of “Black Cat Alley”? Wondered what the Hinton Hotel on E. King Street looked like in the early 1900’s, when it was the Bayview Hotel? Here’s your opportunity. Feel free to share this link with your friends and if you have a story to tell about any of these photos, e-mail us at info@ehcnc.org.  Go HERE for more pictures and information!

Recent Pictures of Edenton

Edenton is, indeed, a photographer’s playground.  There are so many “aha” moments just waiting for you to capture!  Click here to see just a few of those, and feel free to send us your best shots!

Other Sites for Great Pictures

Governor’s Day, 2013

Photos taken by the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resource’s photographer

Pictures from the state’s photographer

Images on the Chowan County Tourism Development Authority website.

Also, be sure to visit Edenton’s 300th Anniversary Facebook Page for more pictures and information.

Community Calendar (www.visitedenton.com/events)