Edenton Travel Guide

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Edenton Overview

Edenton is a small (population 5,000) coastal town opposite the Outer Banks in North Carolina. Steeped in history, tourism is the main industry. That is easily noticed by the numerous B&B's and interesting shops around the downtown area, which snugs up to Albemarle Sound.

The first permanent settlement in North Carolina (with apologies to Virgina Dare, since nearby Roanoke Colony was clearly not permanent), Edenton was founded in 1712 and recently celebrated 300 years of existence. The town served as the capital of North Carolina for twenty years in the early 1700's, but its major historical landmark occurred on the eve of the Revolutionary War.

After the Boston Tea Party, 51 women in Edenton signed a boycott of British products. These unruly women greatly upset the British populace and the home of the movement's leader, Penelope Barker, may be visited seven days a week at no charge.

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