Barker House, Edenton

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Home of Penelope Barker, the courageous woman who organized 51 women at Edenton on October 25, 1774 to send a petition to King George saying NO to taxation on tea and other essentials. The event was the first political action by women in the western world. Under Barker's directions, the women signed their names and the petition was sent to the King, unlike Boston where the men disguised themselves as American Indians. The house also serves as the Edenton Welcome Center and the home of the Edenton Historical Commission. FREE to tour the Penelope Barker House and 2nd floor exhibits.

Guided trolley tours of Historic Edenton depart from the Penelope Barker House Tuesday - Sunday Adults: $10, Students K-12: $2 (plus sales tax)

Tour schedule:

Tues - Sat 10:30, 11:30, 1:30 & 2:30

Sunday 10:30, 11:30 & 12:30
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  • This exceptional example of pre-revolutionary architecture has been beautifully restored and is the perfect place to begin your tour of historic Edenton. The history, the detail, the warmth of the att...  more »
  • A visit to Edenton to start with the Barker House. It has a concise history of the area, lovely little gift shop, great views of the water from the porches and a helpful staff.  more »
  • If you come to Edenton, you have to go here and do the historical tour of the town in the old trolley bus. The tour guides were so informative, fun, and sassy the entire time that it was legit the best tour I have ever been on.
  • Twenty one other members of my seniors club and myself cuz it's real to Edenton North Carolina where we started our discoveries oh this is dork town at the Penelope Barker House which is an absolutely wonderful step back into history as well a beautiful site into today's reality. First there are so many items about the town's history placed in such a perfect way on the antique tables including items that you can pick up and read as you sit in any number of chairs or couches available. Or if it strikes your fancy you can go out on the second floor porch and sit in a rocker and look out over Edenton Bay. When I was there it was a beautiful March day and the waters were calm and the view incredible. There are staff there to answer all of your questions about Eatonton and the numerous historic sites in the lovely town. The Penelope Barker House is the Welcome Center and starting point for the Trolley Tour through this small town. It's a little over an hour long and the lovely ride includes a great deal of information about times past as you view the various buildings, lighthouse, homes, library, businesses and other interesting places. I highly recommend a visit to the small but historic town of Edenton North Carolina and a starting point of the Penelope Barker House. Be sure not to miss the Trolley Tour.

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