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Insider's Guide Blog: A Local's Perspective

It’s one thing to see a destination. It’s another to experience it from a local’s perspective. Our locals share with you where to grab a bite, see a show, get creative, dock your boat, shop, take a tour and much more.

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The Albemarle Bank of Elizabeth City

Posted on 08/06/2020 by Dr. Melissa Stuckey
Standing on the corner of South Poindexter and East Fearing Streets and nestled within Elizabeth City’s historic district is the building that housed the Albemarle Bank, the first African-American-owned bank in northeastern North Carolina.... Read On

Where to Eat: Locals' Faves

Posted on 07/09/2020 by Breanna Brower
There are a variety of options all throughout town, so no matter where you are, there’s sure to be a tasty meal right around the corner. By popular vote, these are the top places for local fare in Elizabeth City.... Read On

Did You Know that Elizabeth City is the 20th "Coast Guard City"?

Posted on 06/29/2020 by Visit Elizabeth City
Ever since the U.S. Coast Guard made Air Station Elizabeth City its base in 1940, residents have welcomed and supported their beloved “Guardians of the Coast” and the important work they do keeping U.S. shorelines safe. On May 29, 2015 the special re... Read On

You Know You’re in Elizabeth City When…

Posted on 06/19/2020 by Breanna Brower
Every destination has its differentiating landmarks and attractions. Here are 5 things that let you know you're in Elizabeth City.... Read On

North Carolina’s Coastal Bucket List

Posted on 06/03/2020 by Breanna Brower
Whether it’s your first time in Elizabeth City or your fiftieth, there’s always something fun to do or new to explore. We couldn’t possibly fit them all on one list, but here’s a quick bucket list of things to do and see to help you get started plann... Read On

The History of Pailin's Alley

Posted on 05/13/2020 by Breanna Brower
The story of the alley we know and love today goes back to the 1800s with William Pailin, a leading businessman, farmer, and fisherman in Pasquotank County.... Read On

E. City Hometown Heroes

Posted on 03/31/2020 by Breanna Brower
Our community is full of awesome people who are always there to lend a helping hand, serve their neighbors in a time of need, and provide services beyond what’s expected of them just for the sake of doing something good - these people are our E. City... Read On

Gear up for 2020 in Elizabeth City, North Carolina!

Gear up for 2020 in Elizabeth City, North Carolina!

Posted on 02/12/2020 by Visit Elizabeth City
2020 is officially here and Elizabeth City is geared up for a great start to the decade! With exciting events, new Downtown developments and great accommodations for all types of visitors, you’re sure to find something new to discover this year in El... Read On

Bling, massages and theater for a memorable time in Elizabeth City in February

Posted on 02/05/2020 by Simone Cooper
Need a fun excursion in February for Valentine’s Day? Elizabeth City offers unique jewelry at Eclectic Jewelry and Coppersmith Antiques & Auction Co., a massage for two at Anew U Massage Therapy.... Read On

Elizabeth City's Nearby Oasis: Dismal Swamp State Park

Posted on 11/18/2019 by William Broussard
“If you hear the dogs, keep going. If you see the torches in the woods, keep going. If there's shouting after you, keep going. Don't ever stop. Keep going. If you want a taste of freedom, keep going.” —Harriet Tubman, architect of the Underground Rai... Read On

5 Reasons Fall is the Best Time of the Year to Visit the North Carolina Coast

Posted on 09/10/2019 by Visit Elizabeth City
Fabulous fall foliage, fishing, football, entertainment and food. Learn what locals know, fall is one of the best times of the year to experience the North Carolina coast's natural beauty. Enjoy indoor and outdoor fun in Elizabeth City with beautiful... Read On

The Coca-Cola Mural: “Sign of Good Taste” in Downtown Elizabeth City

Posted on 04/12/2019 by Simone Cooper
Visitors and residents of Elizabeth City don’t have to travel beyond the corner of West Colonial Avenue and North Water Street to see one of these nostalgic murals. On the side of the historic McMullan Building, known locally as the ‘Old City Cut Rat... Read On

7 Things You Didn’t Know About Elizabeth City

Posted on 04/04/2019 by Visit Elizabeth City
You may know Elizabeth City because of its 20th century architecture or great seafood, but you probably don’t know its connection to the invention of the airplane or the evolution of billiards. Read on to learn 7 Things You Didn’t Know About Elizabet... Read On

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

Posted on 03/28/2019 by Barbara Putnam
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 ... Read On

Exploring Antiques & Architecture in Elizabeth City, North Carolina

Posted on 03/19/2019 by Visit Elizabeth City
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 enco... Read On

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

Posted on 02/11/2019 by Margie Berry
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 unscrupulou... Read On

Elizabeth City Welcomes Boaters to the "Harbor of Hospitality"

Posted on 01/14/2019 by Visit Elizabeth City
The “Harbor of Hospitality” is set on the beautiful Elizabeth City waterfront and the Pasquotank River. At Mariners’ Wharf you can choose from 14 boat slips with free 48-hour docking! When you tie up at Mariners’ Wharf, you may find that the local... Read On

The Proctor Smokehouse - Circa 1840’s – Perquimans County

Posted on 12/10/2018 by Barbara Putnam
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... Read On

History of Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Program

Posted on 11/30/2018 by Visit Elizabeth City
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 N... Read On

Moth Boats Dot Elizabeth City’s Pasquotank River in October

Posted on 10/01/2018 by Simone Cooper
The classic moth sailboat has a storied history. The first boat of its kind was built in Elizabeth City in 1929 when Captain Joel Van Sant visited while ferrying a yacht along the Intracoastal Waterway. Inspired by the calm water of the Pasquotank Ri... Read On

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

Posted on 06/19/2018 by Simone Cooper
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 Cour... Read On

Live Music Spots in Elizabeth City

Posted on 06/12/2018 by Nelson Disla
On summery nights, there aren’t many spots I enjoy more than the tables outside Hoppin’ Johnz. Beneath the lights strung across Pailin’s Alley, it’s a great place to relax and enjoy a breeze with your favorite dessert or cocktail. But all that change... Read On

Farm Fresh and Family-Friendly Downtown Waterfront Market

Posted on 06/08/2018 by Visit Elizabeth City
For most of us, there is no better place to buy fruits and vegetables than at a farmers' market. These markets are not just venues for buying items but also provide an opportunity for us to learn how food is raised, allow visitors to experience local... Read On

Ghost Harbor Brewery—Getting Elizabeth City Together

Posted on 03/23/2018 by William Broussard
One step inside Ghost Harbor and I observed a detailed and considered décor that is comfortable and modern, belying its more humble early to mid-20th century “historic downtown main street” exterior appearance.... Read On

Elizabeth City's Museum of the Albemarle

Elizabeth City's Museum of the Albemarle

Posted on 03/06/2018 by William Broussard
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 On

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

Posted on 01/29/2018 by Margie Berry
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 On

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