From the “NC Historic Sites” website:
The town of Edenton is a storybook place. The view across Edenton Bay and the Albemarle Sound from the foot of Broad Street, the lovely waterfront parks, the tree-lined streets flanked by fine 18th and 19th century homes, the magnificent 1767 Chowan County Courthouse with its green running to the water, combine to produce an unsurpassed feeling of romance, charm, and warmth. (The Chowan County Courthouse is a National Historic Landmark). Edenton has been called “The South’s prettiest town.”
Established in the late 17th century and incorporated in 1722, it is located on Edenton Bay at the head of the Albemarle Sound, 90 miles southwest of Norfolk, Virginia. A town of 5,000 people, Edenton retains an extensive historic district with a wonderful assemblage of 18th, 19th, and early-20th-century buildings.