Sailing on Edenton Bay

Widely known as “The Prettiest Little Town in the South,”

Edenton, North Carolina has a rich history to complement its picturesque beauty. Incorporated in 1722, Edenton is one of the South’s oldest towns and once served as the first capital of colonial North Carolina. It is situated on the beautiful, open waters of the Albemarle Sound, the largest body of fresh water in the United States after the Great Lakes, and was a major port and trading center in the early 1800’s.

This small but important town escaped major damage from the Civil War and many of the homes, stores, and churches still survive from the early 18th Century. The oldest courthouse in North Carolina stands here as the anchor of an exceptional historic district, which includes St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, the oldest incorporated Church in the state. Numerous public buildings and private homes in this quaint town appear on the National Register of Historic Places.

In addition to its historic buildings, our earliest residents played significant roles in the making of history in both North Carolina and the United States. Joseph Hewes (signer of the Declaration of Independence), Hugh Williamson (signer of the U.S. Constitution), and James Iredell (one of the original Supreme Court Justices appointed by George Washington) all called our town home. Today, some of these and other illustrious leaders’ homes are often included on historic tours.

Edenton exists today as a testament to this rich historical past but it has also evolved into an interesting and eventful place to live during the 21st Century. It is the heart of this community that will capture your soul. Edenton embodies small town southern charm at its best. After all, friendly neighbors and new friends are as important as the location you choose, whether you are relocating or searching for the perfect spot to get away.

One of our town's greatest assets is our newcomers. They come with vast and varied experiences, valuable time to devote, the willingness to participate and the desire to contribute. New residents are quickly woven into the life of the town, becoming vital threads in the rich and colorful tapestry of our community. Our entire county thrives on the energy and enthusiasm of new people discovering the joys and allure of our area.

We would welcome the opportunity to show you around. Come for a visit … but be prepared to stay!