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Charming Edenton

Posted May 7, 2010

Charming Edenton is North Carolina’s second oldest town. It was laid out in 1712 and incorporated 10 years later on Albemarle Sound. Locals refer to Edenton as the Mothertown. It was the first colonial capital of North Carolina.

I love the beauty and history of Edenton. The town had its own tea party protest. It occurred in 1774 when Penelope Barker led 50 leading local ladies in signing a pledge to stop using tea as part of a tax protest against Britain. Many of the original homes and businesses here have been beautifully restored. Architecture runs the gamut from Jacobean to Greek Revival.

How many of you have been to Edenton? Where did you stay? Where did you dine? How would you describe the natives? I’ve spent a few nights in Edenton at Granville Queen Inn and Trestle House Inn. Both were excellent. I can’t remember the names of any restaurants, but I do recall the seafood was very good.

With the completion of the U.S. 64 bypass, it’s a lot easier to get to Edenton. The trip from Raleigh is 140 miles, and you can make it in two hours and 20 minutes. I’d love to get down there for the Christmas Candlelight Tour and come back in April of next year for the Edenton Pilgrimage featuring tours of 10 historic homes. So many homes along the waterfront are beautifully landscaped.

What else should we say about Edenton?


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  • ziradog May 7, 2010

    My wife is from Edenton, & we visit frequently. We stay with her mother & rarely eat out, although I can recommend the Chicken Kitchen for take out. The waterfront is beautiful, and the walking tour is well worth taking. No one has mentioned the Chowan County Courthouse, built in 1765 (I think) and still being used. The light house parked on the waterfront park will be neat when they do something with it. The town is lovely at Christmas. The coffee shop (was called Acoustic Coffee, can't remember the new name) serves a mean hot chocolate that time of year. As you mentioned, a Vanilla Coke at Mitchner's is great in summer time.

  • heelsrule May 7, 2010

    We have stayed at the Captain's Quarters Inn B&B.They offer eight guest rooms, each with private bath (one with a Jacuzzi), telephone and sitting area with cable TV and a wireless Internet access. All rooms are decorated with nautical themes. Meals are prepared by Award Winning Chef Diane Pariseau.
    The Inn offers three get-away packages; Wine and Dine, Sail and Dine, (May- October) and Mystery Weekends, October - March. We did the Wine and Dine package and really enjoyed ourselves. Check our their website at

  • k8ered May 7, 2010

    My best friend is from Edenton, so I've spent quite a bit of time there. The waterfront is lovely. Be sure to check out Waterman's, a seafood restaurant right downtown, it's awesome. Westover General Store on West Queen St. has the best made-to-order deli sandwiches. Top it off with a REAL vanilla coke from either of the two drug store / soda fountains right downtown. The locals are some of the friendliest I have met - you don't meet a stranger in Edenton - if you don't know them, you'll talk to them and they'll feel like family after 5 minutes :-) Check out an Edenton Steamers game in the summer.

  • thinknc May 7, 2010

    My family went there several years ago to kayak on Queen Anne's Creek. It is one of my favorite kayaking memories. There were so many beautiful plants and other wildlife along the way--some slithering types, too. Thanks for bringing this back to my attention, as I'm ready to go again. This time, maybe we'll stay at one of the inns instead of the hotel where we stayed before.

  • Picaflora May 7, 2010

    We were there for a wedding the last weekend in April. The town is so cute! We stayed at the Pack House Inn for 2 nights, and had a great time. The innkeeper was very accomidating without being invasive. The owners of the Pack House recently purchased the Lord's Proprietor - so now the two buildings are back together where they belong. Lord's Proprietor should be open again around September.

    We ate at almost every restaurant along downtown. You can't get better milkshakes than at the ice cream/sandwich shop. We'd love to go again once it cools down - the lighted Christmas tour sounds like a blast!

  • wdwbmw May 7, 2010

    Our son and his family live in Currituck County so we pass by Edenton frequently. My favorite thing to do is just to browse that beautiful waterfront.

  • wildfrenchrose May 7, 2010

    Off topic today, Bill, but a few weeks ago you blogged about personalized license plates. I was one a few days ago that was great--a Smart car passed me, and the plate was GITCHA-1!

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