Get to Know the Edenton Historical Commission

May 17, 2021 | About Albemarle, Places to Visit

The Edenton Historical Commission is located right in the heart of Edenton in the Penelope Barker House Welcome Center; a treat to visit in itself!  The goal of the Edenton Historical Commission is to the history in our area and educate visitors and residents about the history and culture all around out beautiful town.  Perhaps said more eloquently in the North Carolina General Assembly’s 1961 Act creating the Edenton Historical Commission, their mission is “to effect and encourage preservation, restoration, and appropriate presentation of the Town of Edenton and Chowan County, as a historic, educational and aesthetic place, to the benefit of the citizens of the place and state and of visitors” (G.S. 143B-95)

One exciting way the Commission gives back to the community is by creating opportunities to learn about and celebrate our history.  They have established a Museum Trail that takes you all through the town highlighting all of the amazing architecture in out carefully preserved , original buildings and historical sights.  It takes you through the Penelope Barker House where you’ll learn why it is called “Edenton’s Living Room” and all the inspiring reasons it is name after Penelope Barker.  You’ll be encouraged to take a trolley tour and visit the 1767 Chowan County Courthouse.

And that is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what you can experience as a visitor.  As residents and fellow lovers on Edenton, it makes sense that you’d want to give back and get involved.  There are many opportunities for that as well!  Volunteers can have many jobs within the commission and all are important!  Many act as greeters and or guides through the museums or even use their skills and talents to assist in maintenance and renovations, keeping our valuable history intact.  Others work behind the scenes on committees raising funds and planning activities.  There is something for anyone that wants to experience and enhance the culture of our beloved town.  For job or volunteer opportunities, contact the commission at 252.482.7800.

If you are looking for a good time that will also benefit the community and raise funds for the Edenton Historical Commission, be sure not to miss Penelope’s Prohibition Party on June 19th at 7 pm.  There will be hors d’ouevres, drinks, a jazz band and even a murder mystery for your entertainment!  What a fun way to celebrate, socialize and give back to such an amazing organization!  Can’t wait to see you all there!

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