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How Well Do You Know Our E-City?

Posted on 12/07/2020 by Visit Elizabeth City

Even folks who were born and raised here in Elizabeth City are still learning new things about some of our town's history, places to go, and things to do. With new shops and cool spots popping up all the time, there's so much to explore and discover in our quaint little town. Here are some fun facts and cool "did you know" things about EC to test your knowledge of our hometown!


project zebra pilots posing in front of aircraftDid you know?

During WWII, U.S. Naval Air Station, now known as the Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, played a critical role in a top-secret mission called Project Zebra. From 1941-1945, our local military members helped train Soviet, British, and Canadian crews to fly a modified version of the PBN-1 Catalina amphibious aircraft to help defeat Germany. The details of this covert mission weren't declassified until 2013!

friends cheersing glasses in pailins alley at duskDid you know?

Tucked away in Historic Downtown Elizabeth City is a revitalized alleyway offering dining, drinks, socializing and even events like trivia and live music. Just off of Colonial Ave is the beautiful Pailin's Alley. While the new found beauty and liveliness of the alley just began in 2016 with the opening of Hoppin' Johnz, the history of the alley dates back to the 1800s with one of Elizabeth City's most successful business tycoons, William Pailin.
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Historic Albemarle Bank building in downtown elizabeth city ncDid you know?

Nestled in Elizabeth City's historic district is a distinctive red brick building that was once occupied as the first Black-Owned bank in all of northeastern North Carolina. ECSU professor and local historian Dr. Melissa Stuckey took a deep dive into the history of the 1920 Albemarle Bank and shared her knowledge with us!
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coast guard plane at base Elizabeth City, North CarolinaDid you know?

In March 2021, the first official Coast Guard Half Marathon happened (virtually) in Elizabeth City! Each branch of the military has an official road race except for the Coast Guard...until now! We're honored to bring this annual event to Elizabeth City and honor our Coast Guard men, women and their families as an official Coast Guard CityThe 2022 event is hybrid with virtual and in-person opportunities to run this legacy race right here in Elizabeth City, NC in March 2022 with the addition of a full marathon! Click below to learn more about the Coast Guard Marathon.
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Dold time photo of the wright brothers taking their first flight in kitty hawk, ncid you know?

Before the Wright Brothers made their famous first flight in Kitty Hawk, they spent several days right here in Elizabeth City! Locals welcomed the brothers to the town as they waited for a boat to Kitty Hawk, recruited their "flight crew", gathered supplies, and bought materials for their legendary take off. There are 11 historic markers in and around EC that played roles in the story of the Wright Brothers; take a self-guided tour ov the Elizabeth City Aviation Trail and learn more about Elizabeth City's part in their story.
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cute houseboat vacation rental in elizabeth city north carolinaDid you know?

Elizabeth City offers more than just traditional lodging options. From houseboats to entire lofts and homes, you can invite the whole family to town or take your family on a staycation to see EC from a different point of view. 
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grandma, daughter and granddaughter smiling and posing for picture with coke mural in elizabeth cityDid you know?

The notorious "Welcome to Elizabeth City" Coca-Cola mural or 'ghost sign' on downtown Elizabeth City's McMullan Building was originally painted in the '70s when you could buy a 10-ounce drink for just 35 cents. It's painted on the side of what used to be the City Cut Rate Building...does that bring back any memories?
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