One of Edenton Bay's most iconic structures, Cupola House was built by famous land proprietor Francis Corbin in the year 1758. The house was sold to Dr. Samuel Dickinson after his death, who ensured that its name remained the same. Due to financial constraints, the house wasn't well maintained and hence laid in a state of ruin until a group of locals purchased it and subjected it to a variety of restoration processes. The house is currently open to the public for guided tours around the property.
Built in 1767, The Chowan County Courthouse is a wonderful specimen of 18th-century Georgian architecture with sloped roofs, tall windows, a centrally positioned clock tower, and arched entrances. Once the seat of the county of Chowan, this is a heritage structure that was recognized as a National Historic Landmark in the year 1970. The courthouse is open to the public for tours.
The 1886 Roanoke River Lighthouse was first activated around 1866. The lighthouse minded the ships sailing along the Roanoke River. After being deactivated as a lighthouse around 1941, it was restored by the local historical society. Tour around to find the furniture and the interior of the place, resembling to its former appearance and also know more about the cruising history of the period.
A prime example of a combination of Federal and Georgian styles of architecture, James Iredell House was built in 1776 by renowned supreme court judge James Iredell. Sr. The design of the house adheres to an 'L' shape formation that includes the main portion of the structure, flanked by a lower positioned block. The house is currently under the ownership of The Historic Society of Edenton and functions as a house museum.
If you are into war history and Civil War intrigues you, then the Port O' Plymouth Museum must be a part of your itinerary when visiting Plymouth. Nestled in a 1923 train depot, it tells you the story of not only the town bur also the county during the Civil War. Their impressive collection is considered to be among the largest North and South Carolinas. Check the replica of the CSS Albemarle and other themed exhibits. Besides permanent displays, they also have rotating exhibits. Small but well-curated, it will make any Civil War historian proud.
The Somerset Historic Site is a great historic site that features the history of several buildings for the slaves of plantation house, the site also includes two houses, a hospital, and the grounds which include a place which was used to punish slaves. The visitors can take a tour of the site by visiting the plantation house, the diary, kitchen, laundry, smokehouse, and salting house. The visitors center also displays the history of this great site and also a gift shop with several merchandise.