Sometimes you need to leave the beaten path of the ICW to find out-of-the-way seacoast gems. Edenton, NC is just one of those gems. Located 25 miles west of Alligator River up Albemarle Sound, this small Carolina waterfront community welcomes mariners with her southern charm. Starting at Edenton Town Docks, Carmella, Ashley and Bill greet boaters happily helping with dock lines, power cables, and check-in where you are given a welcome bag filled with information on the town.
Water, King, Court, Church, Queen and Broad Streets create Edenton’s town proper and her history can be found on almost every street corner. Barker House Edenton Historical Commission is adjacent to the town marina. Ziegler House and Edenton Visitors Center, a short walk up Broad Street, is surrounded by lovely gardens. Edenton’s waterfront and side street walkways take you back to colonial times where stately mansions with manicured gardens and the Cupola House built in 1758 can be found. Hop on a trolley tour of Edenton to learn her history dating back to the 1700 colonial times, the Civil War and Underground Railroad then bringing you forward to present day life.
From the marina, a stroll up town visitors will find an eclectic mix of mom and pop retail shops, Byrum Hardware and Blount Drug Store some of the oldest in town, and Watermen’s Grill where everyone knows your name. Noteworthy historical fact: 1774 the first “tea party” was established by Penelope Barker along with 50 women colonists boycotting English tea. Today, Edenton is home to renowned sport fishing boat builders Albemarle, Carolina Classic and Regulator all having a beginning under Scotty Harrell, Sr. now 86 and enjoying retirement.
Whether you are a history buff, an explorer seeking quiet southern charm or a sport fishing boat enthusiast, make Edenton, NC your next port of call on the banks of the Albemarle Sound.