Barker House is a historic 18th-century mansion 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.
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 lay 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 heritage structure was designated 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.
Housed inside a historic Cotton Mill office, built over 100 years ago, Edenton Cotton Mill Museum is a remarkable attraction stop by. This charming little museum showcases the rich history of Mill village and the people who worked there. The intimate space is crammed with documents, photographs, and artifacts of the bygone era. Visitors are welcome to tour the complex and learn fascinating stories.
Built between 1736 and 1766, St. Paul's Episcopal Church and Churchyard is a prominent attraction in the quaint town of Edenton, North Carolina. Located in the heart of the town, the church features brick construction with a gable roof. Considered the second oldest church in the state, the church, and the church grounds are open for visitors to tour. Up on visiting, one can admire the interiors reflecting the bygone eras and take a somber stroll along the church yard.
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.