Historic 1767 Chowan County Courthouse, Edenton

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The Chowan County Courthouse is a historic courthouse located at East King and Court Streets in Edenton, the county seat of Chowan County, North Carolina. Built in 1767, it is one of the finest examples of public Georgian architecture in the American South. It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1970.
The old Chowan County Courthouse is located in downtown Edenton, at the northwest corner of East King and Court Streets. It is separated from the city waterfront by a one-block park. It is a two-story, "T"-shaped Georgian style building. It has a one-story semicircular apse at its center rear and features a two-stage wooden cupola with ogival roof surmounted by a tall-weathervane. The interior has a large courtroom on the ground floor, and a ballroom on the second. The building has seen only relatively modest alterations.
Edenton was settled in 1658 and incorporated in 1727, and is counted as the first permanent European settlement in North Carolina. Its first courthouse, built in 1719, was also the seat of the colonial assembly, and was located on the land of the park. This courthouse was built in 1767, and its design has been attributed to Gilbert Leigh, who was living in Edenton at the time of its construction. It has also been attributed to John Hawks, who was also active in North Carolina at the time.
The courthouse is one of several sites of Historic Edenton. Other historic sites open for tour include the James Iredell House, Roanoke River Light, Barker House, Cupola House and St. Paul's Episcopal Church.
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  • The courthouse is beautiful. I did not go in, but walked around the grounds. The building is beautiful and historically significant.  more »
  • enjoyed the tour of the courthouse and got some info about how to view the jail in back of the courthouse,  more »
  • Ms Barbara King was very well informed and quite interesting and impressive. Enjoyed our tour very much
  • Perfect weekend vacation. Laid back old time American Town. I'll be going back in the summer.

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