The Edenton Historical 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, Acting Executive Director
Hon. Thomas Newbern, Acting Chair
Hon. C. Christopher Bean, Treasurer
Mr. Benjamin Speller, Jr., Secretary
Mr. Norman Brinkley, Jr.
Mr. William Chesson
Mr. Jerome Climer
Mr. Miles Coxe
Mr. Thomas Credle
Mrs. Susan Creighton
Mr. Samuel B. Dixon
Mrs. Anne Ellis
Mrs. SallyFrancis Kehayes
Mrs. Donna McLees
Mrs. Ann Perry
Mrs. Jaquelin Perry
Mr. Robert Quinn
Mrs. Clara Stage
Mrs. Cordelia Tyler
Mr. J. Dawson Tyler III
Mr. Earl Willis
Mrs. Annette Wood
Mr. T. Benbury H. Wood, Jr.
Mr. Thomas B. Wood
Ex Officio:
Hon. Jimmy Stallings