Take the Trolley Tour

For visitors (and residents) wanting to experience a leisurely tour of Edenton and learn about its 300-year history, hop aboard the Edenton Trolley Tour.

The guided tour is one of many fun things to do in Edenton, showcasing notable sites throughout the Downtown Historic District and into the Edenton Cotton Mill Village.

Discover what Edenton was like during colonial times, when it served as North Carolina's Colonial capital. See the restored Victorian mansions lining Edenton Bay and visit the location of the home where Harriet Jacobs hid in her grandmother’s attic as a runaway slave before escaping North via the Underground Railroad.

Learn about the many important people who lived in our town, including signers of the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution, and one of the first justices of the U.S. Supreme Court. They shaped not only the history of Edenton, but also of our nation.

Other interesting sites along the way include the 1767 Chowan County Courthouse, considered the most intact Colonial courthouse in America; the 1886 Roanoke River Lighthouse; and The Cupola House, built in 1758 by Francis Corbin, land agent for John Carteret, Earl of Granville.

The Trolley Tour operates seven days a week and departs from the Penelope Barker House Welcome Center beside the waterfront park.

Here's a list of departure times on Monday through Saturday

  • 10:30
  • 11:30
  • 1:30
  • 2:30


  • 11:30 & 1:00 (April-November), 11:30 (December-March)

*Times are subject to change without prior notice. Saturday afternoons are popular for event rentals, which sometimes affects the afternoon tours. Please call ahead to confirm that your time of choice is available.

Tickets are available at the Penelope Barker Welcome Center (all prices include sales tax):

  • Adults (age 12 & up): $12.50
  • Children (ages 6-11): $2.25
  • Age 5 & Under: Free
  • Groups (10 or more): $9 per person

You'll have a wonderful time traveling through the Prettiest Small Town in the South in our town in our lovely restored antique Trolley.

All aboard!