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Elegant Edenton

Posted January 1, 2006



Edenton is the jewel of Albemarle Sound. It has long been called "the South's Prettiest Small Town." You will get no argument from me. I have made several trips to Edenton over the years as a reporter and a tourist. Today it is a whole lot easier to travel to this historic destination from the Triangle because of highway improvements. Do yourself a favor. Book a room in one of the town's lovely bed & breakfast homes. You will delight in the tour of the historic district. You will savor the succulent seafood. You will find serenity as you scan the waterfront. You will find unique gifts at many of the fine little shops.

Did you know that a resident of Edenton signed the Declaration of Independence? Ship owner and merchant Joseph Hewes was his name. Did you know that Edenton was the site of "the other tea party?" Penelope Barker helped put Edenton on the map in 1744 when she led a group of female friends in the Edenton Tea Party as a protest against the British. Barker's home is open to the public today. Children will love Edenton because of the National Fish Hatchery where an aquarium and exhibits offer hours of entertainment.

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