1. Start your visit at the 1782 Barker House, which doubles as Edenton & Chowan County’s welcome center. Penelope Barker was the reputed organizer of the Edenton Tea Party, during which 51 women signed a petition resolving not to purchase taxed British goods. While no tea was thrown into the harbor like it was in Boston, the event holds its own patriotic significance and caused quite the stir across the pond.

2. Hop onboard the Historic Edenton Trolley Tour, which departs several times a day from the welcome center Tuesday through Saturday. While resting your feet, you’ll get to see and hear about the charming streets and homes that have earned Edenton many national accolades.

3. Dine in elegance at The Table, which emphasizes local cuisine, sourced right from the sound, sea, and the region’s sprawling farms.

4. The restored 1886 Roanoke River Lighthouse is a beauty and once guided mariners crossing the Albemarle Sound before it was decommissioned in 1941 and moved to its permanent location in Edenton. It’s open to the public, so pop in and learn its history.

5. Cap off your day by wandering around the Cupola House Flower beds, an orchard, and an herb garden offer a perfect setting for quiet reflection before heading home.

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