The Edenton Historical Commission is housed in the Penelope Barker Welcome Center, in the heart of Edenton, NC. Edenton is truly one of the South’s most beautiful towns and is located on the Albemarle Sound, in eastern North Carolina. Our mission is to educate our visitors on the history of our area, as well as help guide you on your visit. Be sure to visit us soon!
Penelope Barker House
The Penelope Barker House, Edenton & Chowan County’s Welcome Center – Admission is FREE
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Thomas and Penelope Barker built the house in 1782
It originally consisted of a parlor wing and half of the hall
The house had three additions between 1782 and the 1840s.
The woodwork is Federal in the street-front parlor, Georgian in the sound-front parlor, and Greek Revival in the dining room and kitchen.
The house has three floors and eight fireplaces.
Originally located two blocks north, the house was rolled to its present site in 1952. Once it arrived, it was turned 180 degrees so the front on the house now faces the water. Visitors enter through the back door, which in the South means you are very welcome and expected to come back often.