The Commission

Background and Mission of the EHC

The Edenton Historical Commission is not your traditional not-for-profit group. We were created by the General Assembly of North Carolina in 1961 and are recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501 (c)(3) tax-exempt organization. In other words, we were created by the state but are not a state agency and donations to the Commission are tax deductible for the donor’s income tax purposes (follow the advice of your tax advisor).

We do not receive routine funding from state or federal governments. The Town of Edenton and Chowan County have contributed to our work, which is greatly appreciated. Well over 95% of our funding comes from the people just like you: people interested in preservation of historical public buildings and more importantly, learning about the stories of the important leaders that guided the development and growth of the colony, the state and the nation.

The Commission has 33 members. The Governor appoints 22 commissioners, the Speaker of the House appoints four, the President Pro Tempore of the Senate appoints four and three positions are filled, ex officio.

Annual Report and 990 & 990T: Available upon request.

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The North Carolina General Assembly’s 1961 Act creating the Edenton Historical Commission reads, in part: “to effect and encourage preservation, restoration, and appropriate presentation of the Town of Edenton and Chowan County, as a historic, educational and aesthetic place, to the benefit of the citizens of the place and state and of visitors” (G.S. 143B-95)

Commissioner’s Meetings:
All Commissioners are encouraged to join the Executive Committee and Committee Chairmen at our 3rd Tuesday of the month meetings.  The public may audit such meetings.  Meetings are held in the Penelope Barker House Conference Room starting at 8:00 am.

Commission By-Laws: Available Upon Request

Commissioner Members:

Mrs. Joy Harvill, Executive Director

Mrs. Clara Stage, Chairman

Mrs. Annette Wood, Vice Chairman

Mr. Earl Willis, Secretary

Mr. Thomas Credle, Treasurer

Hon.C. Christopher Bean

Mr. Norman Brinkley, Jr.

Mr. William Chesson

Mr. Jerome F. Climer

Mr. Miles B. Coxe

Mrs. Susan Creighton

Mrs. Marshall Creighton

Mrs. Elizabeth Culpepper

Mr. Samuel B. Dixon

Mrs. Anne Ellis

Mrs. Sally Francis Kehayes

Mrs. Donna McLees

Mr. John Morehead

Hon. Thomas Newbern

Mrs. Ann Perry

Mrs. Jaquelin Perry

Mr. Robert Quinn

Mrs. Sadie Riddick

Dr. Benjamin Speller, Jr.

Mrs. Cordelia Tyler

Mr. Dawson Tyler

Mr. T. Benbury H. Wood, Jr.

Mr. Thomas B. Wood

Ex Officio

Hon. Jimmy Stallings