Cultural Highlights of the Inner Banks – Historical Sites

Feb 25, 2023 | About Albemarle, Area Info, Places to Visit

Our area of NC, fondly referred to as the Inner Banks, is rich with culture and heritage. Influenced by the changing currents, and tides of countless visitors that meet it, the arts and culture have developed over the years. To continue our series on Inner Banks culture, we want to highlight and celebrate the local historic sites that stand as reminders of how this area was shaped.

Our neighbor, the beautifully preserved, first colonial capital of North Carolina and gorgeous waterfront community of Edenton, is filled with rich history and plenty of southern hospitality. The Chowan County Courthouse is the oldest government building in the state (having been in use since the year 1767) and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

From the Courthouse Green gaze to the water’s edge and you’ll see the Penelope Barker House. Here you can learn about the first recorded women’s political demonstration, known as the Edenton Tea Party and explore the iconic Roanoke River Lighthouse that overlooks Edenton Bay. You’ll learn about how Edenton provided slaves with a means of escape via the Maritime Underground Railroad before Emancipation.

A block up the street you’ll find the Cupola House, this restored and preserved residence takes you back in time with 17th century architecture and formal gardens.

From the Civil War Trail and Old Oak Grove Cemetery to the Residential District Tour and Aviation Trail, Elizabeth City offers several self-guided walking tours of downtown and along the river.

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