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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Edenton, North Carolina

Clickable Map of Chowan County, North Carolina and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Chowan County, NC (35) Bertie County, NC (18) Gates County, NC (7) Hertford County, NC (20) Perquimans County, NC (7) Washington County, NC (47)  ChowanCounty(35) Chowan County (35)  BertieCounty(18) Bertie County (18)  GatesCounty(7) Gates County (7)  HertfordCounty(20) Hertford County (20)  PerquimansCounty(7) Perquimans County (7)  WashingtonCounty(47) Washington County (47)
Edenton is the county seat for Chowan County
Edenton is in Chowan County
      Chowan County (35)  
      Bertie County (18)  
      Gates County (7)  
      Hertford County (20)  
      Perquimans County (7)  
      Washington County (47)  
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1North Carolina (Chowan County), Edenton — 13 — 1758 Cupola House — An illustrious landmark of Edenton, Built by Francis Corbin, Land Agent to the Earl of Granville
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
2North Carolina (Chowan County), Edenton — A-55 — Barker House
Home of Thomas Barker, N.C. agent to England, and his wife Penelope, reputed leader of the Edenton "Tea Party," 1774. Stands 3 blocks south.Map (db m34810) HM
3North Carolina (Chowan County), Edenton — Bought in France for N.C.
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
4North Carolina (Chowan County), Edenton — A-11 — Chowan County Courthouse
Oldest courthouse in use in North Carolina. Built about 1767. Whig centre in Revolution. Stands 3 blocks S.E.Map (db m56983) HM
5North Carolina (Chowan County), Edenton — A-34 — Dr. Hugh Williamson
Signer of the Federal Constitution, member of Congress, historian. Home was 4 blocks S.E.Map (db m56985) HM
6North Carolina (Chowan County), Edenton — Edenton — Battle of Albemarle Sound
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
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7North Carolina (Chowan County), Edenton — Edenton Bell Battery C.S.A.
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
8North Carolina (Chowan County), Edenton — Edenton Cotton Mill
Founded by local investors in 1898, mill had major impact on local economy. Deeded to the Historic Preservation Foundation of NC in 1995.Map (db m57075) HM
9North Carolina (Chowan County), Edenton — Edenton Mill Village
From 1898-1923 more than seventy dwellings existed on five streets for mill families. Deeded to the Historic Preservation Foundation of NC in 1995.Map (db m57074) HM
10North Carolina (Chowan County), Edenton — A 22 — Edenton Tea Party
Fifty-one women met at Mrs. Elizabeth King's home, which stood 1100 ft. S.E., and resolved, Oct. 25, 1774, to support the American Cause.Map (db m34850) HM
11North Carolina (Chowan County), Edenton — Edenton United Methodist Church
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
12North Carolina (Chowan County), Edenton — Escape Via Maritime Underground Railroad
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
13North Carolina (Chowan County), Edenton — A-25 — First Post Road
The road from New England to Charleston, over which mail was first carried regularly in North Carolina, 1738-39, passed near this spot.Map (db m79793) HM
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14North Carolina (Chowan County), Edenton — A-69 — Francis Corbin — (d) 1767
Granville agent, jurist, legislator. Provoked "Enfield Riot." Home, "the Cupola House," 2 blks. S.Map (db m34801) HM
15North Carolina (Chowan County), Edenton — A-72 — Harriet Jacobs — c. 1813 - 1897
Fugitive slave, writher & abolitionist. Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl (1861) depicts her early life. Lived in Edenton.Map (db m34773) HM
16North Carolina (Chowan County), Edenton — A-73 — Henderson Walker — c.1660~1704
Acting governor, 1699-1703; attorney general, judge, and vestryman. Grave is 75 feet west.Map (db m34788) HM
17North Carolina (Chowan County), Edenton — A-5 — James Iredell
Justice of U.S. Supreme Court, 1790-99, Attorney-General of N.C. during Revolution. Home stands 200 ft. East.Map (db m34844) HM
18North Carolina (Chowan County), Edenton — A-50 — James Iredell, Jr — 1788~1853
Governor, 1827~28; U.S. Senator; and legislator. Compiler of revisal of N.C. laws. His home two blocks south; grave at Hayes one mile S.E.Map (db m34851) HM
19North Carolina (Chowan County), Edenton — A-4 — Joseph Hewes
Signer of Declaration of Independence, leader in Continental Congress, merchant. His store was three blocks S.Map (db m34797) HM
20North Carolina (Chowan County), Edenton — 14 — Josephine Napoleon Leary — An amazing and legendary life from slavery to incredible success
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
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21North Carolina (Chowan County), Edenton — A-27 — Mackeys Ferry
Established 1735 over Albemarle Sound, succeeding Bells Ferry. Discontinued in 1938. Northern Terminus was four blocks south.Map (db m34966) HM
22North Carolina (Chowan County), Edenton — Our Confederate Dead — 1861—1865
Gashed with honorable scars low in glory's lap they lie, though they fell, they fell like stars, streaming splendour through the sky.Map (db m79794) WM
23North Carolina (Chowan County), Edenton — Residence of Mrs. Elizabeth King
On this spot stood the residence of Mrs. Elizabeth King in which the ladies of Edenton met Oct. 25, 1774 to protest against the tax on teaMap (db m158742) HM
24North Carolina (Chowan County), Edenton — Roanoke River Lighthouse
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
25North Carolina (Chowan County), Edenton — A-9 — Samuel Johnston
Revolutionary Leader, Governor, U.S. Senator. His Home "Hayes," and Grave are one mile S.E.Map (db m34793) HM
26North Carolina (Chowan County), Edenton — A-1 — St Paul's Episcopal Church
Parish formed in 1701, present structure begun in 1736, succeeding two earlier wooden buildings.Map (db m34776) HM
27North Carolina (Chowan County), Edenton — The Iredell House — Listed in the National Register of Historic Places
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
28North Carolina (Chowan County), Edenton — A 67 — Thomas C. Manning — 1825-1887
U.S. Minister to Mexico; chief justice, La. Supreme Court.; La. adjutant gen., 1863-65; taught at Edenton Academy. Lived here.Map (db m56991) HM
29North Carolina (Chowan County), Edenton — A 53 — Thomas Child
Attorney-General of Colony, 1745-1761. Leader of faction which opposed Governor Dobbs. Secretary to Lord Granville. Home was 2 blocks S.Map (db m56988) HM
30North Carolina (Chowan County), Edenton — A-46 — Weapemeoc
The principal town of the Weapemeoc Indians, visited by Ralph Lane and his colonists in 1585-1586, stood near present-day Edenton.Map (db m56986) HM
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Oct. 3, 2022