Since the outbreak of Covid-19, C-time adventures have been mainly around our nearly 2-acre property in the heart of North Carolina. So, travel back in time with us to historic Edenton, North Carolina, a quaint seaside town on the Albemarle Sound. Chris and I journeyed to Edenton in July of 2019 with our two boys, Rook and Nelson, for a quick stay at the Inner Banks Inn and Restaurant, just a few blocks from the waterfront. The charming cottage of Tillie Bond, resplendent with classic furnishings, made this retreat a perfect getaway for us. The boys enjoyed the fenced in backyard and the roomy accommodations, and we delighted in the historic downtown and waterfront tours.
Edenton is a quiet vista with a rich history of colonial times and exquisite architecture. The first stop was the Penelope Barker House. The 1782 structure, now the welcome center, hosted 51 women who signed their names to a petition refusing to buy British goods, thus becoming known as the Edenton Tea Party, the first political action by women in the Colonies. Since then, the home has had several renovations and was even moved two blocks and turned to face the water of the Roanoke river. From the welcome center, we purchased tickets to ride the Trolley and take a tour on the river.
On the trolley, we viewed several historical landmarks, the Cotton Mill, the Cupola House, and St. Paul’s Church, but none were as fascinating as the Roanoke River Lighthouse. This lighthouse is one of the last remaining screwpile lighthouses on the east coast, and the only surviving in North Carolina. Completely renovated now, the lighthouse began its life in 1887. Tours can be taken through the structure still residing in the waters of the Albemarle.
The boat tour on the “Liber-tea,” complete with a salty captain was a definite highlight of our day in downtown Edenton. The beautiful wooden, 6-passenger boat carried us through the sound, as Captain Mark entertained us with interesting nautical and historic facts. The quiet adventure ended where it began at the South of Broad, where Chris and I got a picture with our new friend.
Nights were just as enjoyable in Edenton. Chris and I joined a group of locals for drinks and vinyl at a local pub. Then, we enjoyed dinner in a historic building nearby, proving Edenton serves up more than just historic nostalgia, the food is great, too!
I cannot wait for the next C-time adventure, but Edenton will not be soon forgotten! Stay well, my friends, and remember great adventures are just ahead!