History, Beauty and Charm

One of America’s Prettiest Towns

The residents of this first colonial capital of North Carolina love sharing with visitors its rich history, scenic beauty, and exceptional architecture. Edenton is home to three National Historic Landmarks, one of which is the state’s oldest courthouse, built in 1767 and still in use. Recently recognized by Forbes.com as one of America’s Prettiest Towns, Edenton continues to show her age with pride.

Today, you will find a vibrant downtown with unique shops, eateries, and a variety of other businesses. An active calendar of events covers outdoor recreation, including sailing, paddling, biking and baseball. Cultural events and seasonal festivals are plentiful and more picturesque set against the remarkable backdrop of this historic town and its lovely waterfront vista.


Featured Upcoming Events 

 Thursday, October 3 - 30
Exploration Of Place in Black and White
Chowan Arts Council Exhibit

riday - Saturday, October 18 - 19
Historic Edenton Ghost Walk

hursday, November 14
Sip & Shop

riday - Saturday, December 13 - 14
Christmas Candlelight Weekend

Full Calendar of Events


Website Highlights

Edenton Farmers Market

Fresh local food, gifts, and crafts

Visitor Services

It might not be your hometown (yet!), but we want you to know your way around.

Take the Trolley!

Enjoy a leisurely guided tour around town on our restored antique trolley.

Celebrating Chowan County’s 350th Anniversary

Established in 1668 as the Shaftesbury Precinct of Albemarle County, the Chowan Precinct eventually formed in 1681.

Weddings in Edenton

Edenton is a wonderful spot to get married! Find valuable information here!

Photo Gallery

Our town and region is a photographer's delight. Enjoy the scenic beauty!

Video Gallery

View the ever growing video gallery of our town and the people in it.

Sundays in Edenton

Relax and enjoy the change of pace. Find what's going on.

Relocation Guide

Falling in love with Edenton? Our Relocation Guide will help you make the move.

Real Estate Guide

These local real estate firms will help you find the home of your dreams.

Useful Links

We've gathered an extensive list of links so you can learn more about our region.


Featured Publications

Congregation works to save centuryold chapel

Virginia Pilot spotlights Edenton historic church renovation.

Carolina Country Magazine Features Edenton in their July 2017 issue!

They say, “Edenton Shines Along the Albemarle Sound.”

Our State Magazine Features an Edenton Day Trip Guide

The popular magazine says, “Accolades for this town keep coming. See for yourself why Edenton is one of the nation’s prettiest small towns by planning a day trip.”

Our State Magazine Edenton Photo Essay

The July 2015 issue of Our State spotlights our town on its cover and with a beautiful photo essay inside the magazine.

Coastal Living Spotlights Edenton

Calling us a "Dream Town," this popular upscale magazine gives us a glowing review!

Edenton Visitor's Guide

A useful brochure full of photos and information about our town and region.

Edenton Harbor Brochure

Learn about the boating facilities offered by our town.

The South's Prettiest Small Town

A beautiful article from the December 2011 issue of Our State Magazine.