North Carolina’s beautifully preserved first Colonial capital has been described as the prettiest small town in the South. Edenton visitors enjoy the most intact Colonial courthouse in America (circa 1767), the 1886 Roanoke River Lighthouse, bay cruises, historic trolley tours, paddling on Edenton Bay, free boat slips & a charming downtown near the waterfront.


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Our Blog Posts

Edenton is an exciting, vibrant, and endlessly interesting place to visit. Discover what is new in Edenton!

Visitor Services

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

Where to Park

Here’s a handy downloadable map that shows all the free parking lots in Edenton!

Weddings in Edenton

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

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


Edenton Event, Dining, and Lodging Guide

Find out what’s happening, where to eat, and where to stay in one handy brochure!

The 12 Best Small Towns in North Carolina — From Coastal Gems to Mountain Getaways

From its picturesque spot on Albemarle Sound to its many 18th- and 19th-century buildings, Edenton is a romantic getaway in coastal Carolina. 10/2021

The Historic Inner Banks Inn in Edenton (and 7 Things We Love About It!)

If you ever wanted to stay in a historic mansion–this place in Eastern North Carolina is your chance!  7/2021

The 15 Most Charming Towns in North Carolina

Edenton was the first Colonial capital of North Carolina, which comes with all the history you’d expect. We’re big fans of guided walking and trolley tours, and cool sites like Chowan County Courthouse. 7/2021

10 Reasons to Visit Edenton This Summer

Only ten?!  5/2021

Durham Magazine: I Wanna Getaway

A Durhamite takes a break in quiet Edenton 3/2020

Our State Magazine: Edenton by Trolley  

Climb aboard: A trolley offers a unique vantage point from which to explore this waterfront town.  9/2019