The area known as Cannon’s Ferry is a long-standing community that has been shaped by the Chowan river. In 1794, Jacob Cannon of Perquimans County purchased for $126.00 in gold and silver “one-third part of the Land Plantation of Houses and . . . — — Map (db m60669) HM
The Chowan River has played an important role in North Carolina’s history and economy. It is part of the Albemarle-Pamlico Estuarine System (the second largest estuarine system in the United States) and is one of the smaller basins in North . . . — — Map (db m60665) HM
Cannon’s Ferry has a long tradition of herring fishing. Years ago this site had numerous fishing houses where individual fishermen would store their boat and gear and could process their catch.
In the mid 1940S, twelve local fishermen decided . . . — — Map (db m60666) HM
After Union Gen. Ambrose E. Burnside captured Roanoke Island in February 1862, U.S. Navy vessels patrolled the Chowan River from its mouth in North Carolina to Franklin, Virginia, located on the Blackwater River, a tributary. The Chowan River here . . . — — Map (db m60626) HM
1702 Builds first church in North Carolina Three Carolina governors buried herein. Joseph Hewes, signer of Declaration of Independence; Dr. Hugh Williamson, signer of U.S. Constitution; James Iredell, Washington's youngest Supreme . . . — — Map (db m224755) HM
The house you see today appears as his son, James Iredell, Jr. would have known it. In 1800 the simple two-story addition was added on the east end of the house. Then, in 1827 the original portion of the house was razed and replaced by a more . . . — — Map (db m224718) HM
A Brief History of the Cupola House
1758-1767: Francis Corbin builds Cupola House. Francis Corbin dies.
1777: Dr. Samuel Dickinson purchases house.
1918: Owners in financial despair sell downstairs woodwork to . . . — — Map (db m181648) HM
The Chowan County Courthouse was erected in 1767, replacing an earlier wooden structure as the seat of government. The structure is considered the finest Georgian-style courthouse in the United States and features a Flemish bond brick exterior, . . . — — Map (db m224374) HM
When closed, the Jail was documented to be oldest jail in NC and discovered to be oldest, in use, jail in the United States. Typical Edenton NC This story, so like Edenton, is an excerpt from Roy Thompson's Mrs. Fletcher's Eden. The . . . — — Map (db m224420) HM
The Roanoke River Lighthouse is the last remaining screw pile lighthouse in North Carolina. This type of structure was specifically designed for use in rivers and secured in place by a framework attached to a series of pilings that were screwed . . . — — Map (db m224499) HM
Bought in France for N.C. by Robt. Smith & Thos. Benbury agents for Governor Caswell. Brought to Edenton by Capt. Boritz on "The Holy Heart of Jesus" in 1778. Mounted on this spot 1861. Spiked and trunnions broken off by Federal Fleet 1862. . . . — — Map (db m34965) HM
Jailhouse History The original Edenton jail was built in 1722 when the town incorporated. The present jail is the county's fifth. Ebenezer Paine constructed it in 1825, probably using 1773 plans by John Hawks, architect of . . . — — Map (db m224498) HM
Methods of Punishment Punishment in the colonial era focused on public humiliation by forcing the guilty party to spend time in the stocks or pillory. The stocks restrained the feet and the pillory secured the head and hands, . . . — — Map (db m224461) HM
In December 1962, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. visited northeastern North Carolina. Arriving in Elizabeth City, the president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference spoke at African American churches there and in Hertford en route to Chowan . . . — — Map (db m224286) HM
On May 5, 1864, the Confederate ironclad ram CSS Albemarle under Commander James W. Cooke, with gunboats Cotton Plant and Bombshell, steamed out of the Roanoke River into Bachelor's Bay and Albemarle Sound before you, bound for . . . — — Map (db m34832) HM
Organized in March 1862 under the leadership of Capt. William Badham Jr., Lt. John M. Jones, and Lt. Nelson McClees, the Edenton Bell Battery was composed of men primarily from Chowan, Tyrrell, and Washington Counties. Lacking adequate artillery, . . . — — Map (db m34835) HM
Sculpted in 1905 by Frank Baldwin, Foundryman This Tea Pot memorializes an inspiring story that tells of patriotism and bravery. See (1864) below for another, little known, but unforgettable saga of Edenton that is an amazing twist . . . — — Map (db m224500) HM
On this site, from 1895 to 1983, stood the new Methodist Church of Edenton. It was a brick structure, a model of elegance and arrangement. The building replaced a wooden church that was located on Eden Street from 1857 to 1895.
Prior to that . . . — — Map (db m57076) HM
Now one of Edenton's most tranquil locations, during the antebellum period Edenton harbor was the town's industrial center with wharves, shipyards, and maritime activity.
North Carolina's small, ill-protected harbors prevented development of . . . — — Map (db m34770) HM
A Brief History of Josephine Leary, Entrepreneur
1856: Josephine Napoleon Williams was born in to slavery. Following the Civil War, freed when she was 9 years old.
1873: Josephine Williams marries Sweety Archer Leary, both worked as . . . — — Map (db m181668) HM
America’s first female political activist. Leader of 51 women who signed a Proclamation of Protest in 1774 known as The Edenton Tea Party; The first organized political activity by women in our country, encouraged women to boycott English goods. An . . . — — Map (db m224300) HM
A Brief History of the Barker House1757 Thomas Barker marries Penelope Padgett. Penelope, 28 years old, twice widowed, had inherited substantial wealth. 1761 Thomas travels to London as North Carolina . . . — — Map (db m224302) HM
Originally constructed in 1886 by the US Lighthouse Service, the Lighthouse served as a navigational beacon to Mariners on the Albemarle Sound. The Light marked the entrance to the Roanoke River which was the main commercial passageway to the town . . . — — Map (db m34837) HM
The Sea Trading period brought fame and prosperity to Edenton and famous forefathers who saw promise here, chose to stay and, over time, became among our Nation's Leaders: Samuel Johnston (Age: 20, 1753), appointed to first Continental . . . — — Map (db m224497) HM
James Iredell (1751-1799), Attorney General of North Carolina, 1779 to 1781. Fought for NC's ratification of the United States Constitution. Nominated Associate Justice of the first US Supreme Court Feb. 8, 1790 by President George Washington, . . . — — Map (db m34967) HM
This building, begun A.D. 1736 and first used in A.D. 1760, is the third church of St. Paul's Parish, Chowan Precinct, Edenton.
The first, A.D. 1701-02, stoode a mile hence on the sound side. It was the first church building in North . . . — — Map (db m175830) HM