Area Information


Edenton Colony was the first permanent settlement in North Carolina. It served as the state capital from 1722-1743. Early residents supported themselves by fishing the fertile waters of the Albemarle Sound. However, a 1795 hurricane limited sea access in Edenton. The completion of Dismal Swamp Canal in 1805 diverted shipping to Norfolk. The absence of a railroad further contributed to a languishing economy.

With the addition of a cotton mill and peanut plant, as well as the immergence of a robust lumbering industry, the local economy began to rebound in the early 20th century. Today, heritage tourism is a driving commercial force in Edenton.

Edenton enjoys 210 days of sunshine each year. High temperatures in July reach 89 degrees, with January lows falling to around 33. Annual rainfall is 48.5 inches, and yearly snow accumulation is 4.5 inches.

The students of our community are served by the Edenton-Chowan School District. Elizabeth City State University, Roanoke-Chowan Community College and College of the Albemarle are within 30 miles of town. Vidant Chowan Hospital provides comprehensive medical care to Edenton and surrounding communities.


Visit the Museum of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City for a thorough interpretation of our area’s rich culture. A variety of exhibits, educational programs and special events tell the story of the 13 counties that comprise the Albemarle region. Built in 1767, the Chowan County Courthouse is the oldest government structure in North Carolina. This National Historic Landmark is a stunning example of Georgian architecture. Historic Edenton offers daily tours of its many classic buildings, such as the Cupola House, the Barker-Moore House, the James Iredell, Sr. House and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.

Fishing, boating, kayaking, canoeing, kiteboarding and windsurfing are all popular activities in the Albemarle Sound, an expansive estuary along the coast of North Carolina. Part of the Intracoastal Waterway, the sound is separated from the Atlantic Ocean by the Outer banks. Don’t miss the annual Edenton Music and Water Festival, two days of paddling, sailing and good tunes on the sound. Another highly anticipated event in Edenton is the Peanut Festival. Celebrating the importance of the peanut industry to our community, festivities include a parade, crafts, games, music, dancing and more.

Are you ready to become part of Edenton’s rich history? Talk to one of the experienced agents at United Country – Dowd & Forbes Realty, your resource for homes with acreage, historic and waterfront properties in North Carolina.

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