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Insider's Guide - History

Reviving the Much Debated Query – How did Elizabeth City Get Its Name?

There has always been dispute amongst the residents of Elizabeth City with regard to how Elizabeth City was named. Was Queen Elizabeth I of England or Mrs. Betsy Tooley the namesake? In the company of some Elizabeth City locals, even insinuating Betsy Tooley was the proprietress and barmaid of a local tavern located on Water Street - with propensities for Rum from the Caribbean Island Territories and thirsty sailors, can be cause for eyebrow raising – further uttering that folklore also alleges that Betsy Tooley ran a brothel is means for complete ostracization.... READ MORE

Exploring Antiques & Architecture in Elizabeth City, North Carolina

Since its founding in 1794, Elizabeth City has been a city teeming with culture, with history alive through its many remarkable structures. It’s also known as the “Harbor of Hospitality”, and its port has seen many curious items pass through. We encourage you to explore the antiques and architecture of Elizabeth City, North Carolina.... READ MORE

The Albemarle's Moses Grandy — A triumph of the human spirit

African American History month, is a good time to recall one of the Albemarle’s most courageous characters—maritime slave Moses Grandy. Enslaved for four decades, Grandy worked as a waterman to purchase his freedom. Cheated of it twice by unscrupulous owners, he finally achieved his dream of emancipation.... READ MORE

The Proctor Smokehouse - Circa 1840’s – Perquimans County

Museum of the Albemarle’s second floor gallery sits the re-assembled Proctor Smokehouse, which was initially relocated from the Proctor Farm, in the Bear Swamp area of Perquimans County. Discover the history of the house and the reasoning's to why it ended up in the Museum of the Albemarle.... READ MORE

History of Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Program

We were so glad to learn that Elizabeth City resident, historian and retired educator Wanda McLean has received a special Coast Host award for her efforts to obtain federal designations that mark six northeastern North Carolina sites as part of the National Park Service’s (NPS) Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Program.... READ MORE

History of Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Program

Wanda McLean Interview

We were so glad to learn that Elizabeth City resident, historian and retired educator Wanda McLean has received a special Coast Host award for her efforts to obtain federal designations that mark six northeastern North Carolina sites as part of the National Park Service’s (NPS) Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Program.... READ MORE

A short drive from Elizabeth City: The Camden County Heritage Museum and Historic Jail

Through the vision of a group of passionate historians and residents who wanted a permanent home for Camden County artifacts, documents, and stories, The Camden County Heritage Museum and Historic Jail (117 N.C. Highway 343, next to the Historic Courthouse; 252-771-8333), a short drive from Elizabeth City, were founded in April 2017 and boast a historically significant array of local items, circa 1777 to present day.... READ MORE

Newbold-White House: A Southern Historical Exemplar in Hertford

In the middle of the six-acre complex sits its crown jewel, a colonial Quaker homestead with its brilliantly-preserved bright red brick exterior contrasting starkly with the browns and greens and yellows of the surrounding land.... READ MORE

Elizabeth City's Museum of the Albemarle

Museum of the Albemarle (MoA) is an archetypal museum and one that should inspire not only its nearest neighbors in Elizabeth City, but folks across the Northeastern North Carolina region that shares its namesake (as well as travelers passing through).... READ MORE

Five Must-See Homes on Elizabeth City’s Walking Tour

Downtown Elizabeth City’s residential area boasts a plethora of houses of historical and architectural interest. Here is a look at five stand-out homes on the walking tour... READ MORE

"Tar Heels in the Trenches" Elizabeth City's WWI Exhibit

The Museum of the Albemarle will be recognizing the 100th anniversary of America's formal entrance into World War I with their exhibit, Tar Heels in the Trenches: The Albemarle and the Great War.... READ MORE




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