Barker House is a historic 18th-century mansion that's nestled on the shores of Edenton Bay and offers superb waterfront views. This beautiful Georgian house is the first stop on the Edenton museum trail and currently, serves as a visitor center. Barker House is elegantly decorated with a combination of rustic as well as modern furniture and paintings making it an interesting and insightful visit.
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.
Built in 1730 on the banks of the Perquimans River, the Newbold-White House is one of the state's oldest surviving buildings, and the oldest that is open to visitors. The historic, Sanders' family has been lovingly restored and furnished in a manner that would have been typical of an early 18th-century colonial Quaker household. Besides the house, visitors are also welcome to tour the seasonal garden and visit the Periaguer - a replica of the colonial boats that once plied the river. Handmade, regional crafts, books, and souvenirs are available at the museum store.
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.