Barker House, Edenton

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Barker House is a historic home located at Edenton, Chowan County, North Carolina. The original house was built about 1782, and expanded during the 19th century. It is a 2 1/2-story frame dwelling with Georgian, Federal, and Greek Revival style design elements. It sits on a brick foundation and has at both ends a pair of single-shoulder exterior chimneys. The front facade features a full-length, two-tier porch carried on superimposed fluted pillars under a shed roof.

The house commemorates the life of Penelope Barker of Edenton who organized 51 ladies to sign a petition to King George III saying NO to taxation on tea and cloth. Unlike the tea party at Boston, the women at Edenton not only signed their names to the petition but sent it to the King and caused British newspapers to decry the first political demonstration by women in North America.

The Barker House serves as the Welcome Center for Edenton. It is owned, preserved and opened seven days a week by the Edenton Historical Commission and complements several sites of Historic Edenton. Their other historic sites open for tour include the James Iredell House (home of George Washington's youngest appointee to the first US Supreme Court), the Roanoke River Lighthouse, Chowan County Courthouse (this 1767 courthouse is the oldest in-use courthouse in the country), the Cupola House and St. Paul's Episcopal Church.

The Barker House was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972.
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  • This place is very interesting historically and it is the welcome center with a gift store too. Mrs. Barker was for women’s rights. She and 49 others had their own “Tea Party” in the river for a...  more »
  • I couldn't find a place to review The Edenton Trolley tour. It was excellent! We arrived early to town and were planning on taking the trolley tour, but had 90 mins to wait. When we were about to...  more »
  • Very welcome people. Helpful. Answer questions and tell about this old still nice looking, small town. Trolley will take you around town for $12.50. You also can buy trip in 10 or 12 seats ship which will take you to the water /not ocean, no waves/.
  • Beautiful. Lots of great history to see and very relaxing to walk around or sit by the water.

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