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Countdown of Elizabeth City Moments

New Year’s Eve signals the time to wrap up the old and ring in the new. We are counting down special moments that made us fall in love with Elizabeth City all over again over this past year.

  • A Feast of Brick

Readers were transported to another time and place through the musings of Bland Simpson in the December Our State article, A Feast of Brick. Our unique brick architecture—and the stories these buildings could tell—are celebrated in Simpson’s editorial along with our independent downtown eateries such as the Flour Girls Café and Bakery. Meander along our tree-lined streets on one of our self-guided walking tours and be sure to put the following three downtown buildings on your list. Guide books are available at the Visitors Center:

McMullan Building (117 N. Water St.)

This building was constructed in three stages, between 1885 and 1903, and is the only survivor of six other metal building fronts in Elizabeth City. With Victorian and classically-styled ornamentation, it is one of a handful of these structures remaining in North Carolina.


Historic Charles O. Robinson House in Elizabeth CityCharles O. Robinson House (201 E. Main St.)

Built by William B. Blades as a wedding present for his daughter, Ivy, upon her marriage in 1914 to Charles O. Robinson, the house is one of the state’s finest examples of the “Southern Colonial” style. It remains a Robinson family residence today.


Farmer’s Bank Building (108 E. Main St.)

This is the only known Gothic Revival-style bank building in North Carolina. Working solely from a circa 1870 documentary photograph, the façade was rebuilt in 1984 and the building was also renovated.


  • New Waterway Experiences

Paradiso Roma Ristorante
The Pelican Marina

From its earliest days, water has always been part of Elizabeth City’s DNA. Our county’s name, Pasquotank, is derived from the word pasketanki, which means “where the current of the stream divides or forks.” Over the past year, we have been excited about seeing two businesses offer locals and visitors new ways to play on our waterways. The Pelican Marina’s new management has overseen extensive facility renovations and the marina now rents both paddling and fishing kayaks—and pontoon boats will be available to rent next summer. While at the Pelican, grab a bite to eat at the new Paradiso Roma Ristorante, a casual dining eatery which provides waterway views that are as pleasing as the homemade pasta entrees.


Betsytown Boarding Company boarders on the Pasquotank

This coming year, visitors and locals will be able to enjoy the river from a new perspective with Betsytown Boarding Company. Playing on the Pasquotank River will be easy:  You simply call 252-340-4382, schedule the time you would like to have the SUP boards delivered, pay with your card, and then have the boards picked up when you are done. Betsytown Boarding Company will open again in May 2018.


  • Pailin’s Alley

Patrons of Hoppin’ Johnz enjoying their dinner in the outdoor atmosphere of Pailin’s Alley.  (Photo credit Anna Routh Barzin)

If it’s been a while since you visited Elizabeth City’s downtown, you may be surprised by the changes you see the next time you stop by. Be sure to visit the dining district around Pailin’s Alley:  a historical paved brick alleyway that has been transformed into a place where the community gathers to connect and make new friends. Patrons of Hoppin’ Johnz New South Cuisine, Ghost Harbor Brewing Company, Coasters Downtown Draught House, and Island Breeze Grill can now savor their bites and brews while enjoying our mild coastal weather.


  • Dismal Swamp Canal Reopening

Rose Buddies 10-2015

This family of boaters received a Rose Buddy welcome at the reception on the deck at Grouper’s Waterfront Restaurant.

At the end of October, sailboats once again glided down the smooth water of the Dismal Swamp Canal to Elizabeth City. The Visitors Center’s staff welcomed the newly arrived boaters with freshly-cut knockout roses from the Rose Buddy’s garden at Mariners’ Wharf Park—keeping alive the more than 30-year-old Elizabeth City tradition that was started by Fred Fearing and Joe Kramer. Spontaneous wine and cheese parties are held at various times throughout the week on the deck of Grouper’s Waterfront Restaurant, with the picturesque Pasquotank River and boats serving as a backdrop. Our location on the Intracoastal Waterway allows us to welcome boaters from around the world to our harbor.


  • Elizabeth City through the eyes of visitors and locals

Here are some of our favorite views of the city, in no particular order, over the past year. Whether you are a local or our guest, please share your experiences by using #DiscoverECity on your posts and pics.

Showtime!!! 7:00pm tonight, tickets available at the door…

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#vikingpride on display today at @ecsuvikings homecoming parade. #elizabethcity #ecsuhomecoming #discoverecity

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Rolling down the river at Sawyer’s Creek. #discoverecity #elizabethcity #camdenc #kayaking #visitnc

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Music on the Green is happening right now at Mariners’ Wharf until 8:00. #DiscoverECity #music #ElizabethCity #livemusic

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Salt Salt & more Salt

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Good morning ☀️

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What an incredibly beautiful season! 🍁😍🍂 . Бесподобная осень здесь в Северной Каролине. Никогда раньше не думала, что тыквы- собранные вот в такие поляны – повсюду- настолько могут радовать, умилять и доставлять какое-то прям по-детски пищащее удовольствие даже нам- взрослым, и даже таким как я, у кот.с тыквой вроде как нелюбовь. Все местные фермерские маркеты, церкви, парки и т.д.привозят сотни если не тысячи тыковок, выкладывают вот такие pumpkin patch и ждут гостей. И это как магнит- всех тянет к таким местам…это как поляны радости по всем городам, городкам и окрестностям… 😄😍 . . #discoverecity #northcarolina #downtown #onlyinnorthcarolina #autumnmood #fallcolors🍁🍂 #fallisbeautiful #orangecolor #pumpinpatch #autumnjoy #lovethisseason #travel #ukrainianinusa #igamerica #brightautumnday #awesomeplace #seasonal #insta_america #Севернаякаролина #путешествия #осеннее #тыквы #тыквенный #гарбуз #оранжевое #яркаяосень #Америка #США

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Enjoy that cup of joe @_muddys @ecacvb #bwphotography #randomshoot #perfectmoments

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Fountains make us happy. #discoverecity #azure #downtown

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These hooligans are back! Ask them about their trip #kingdomworkers

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Time to pack it up. Fun time at the farmers market☺🎨

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Spring has sprung in nearby Hertford #hertford #discoverec #discoverecity #visitnc

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The season begins… #ecacvb #discoverecity

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The thaw #discoverecity #ncphotographer #photolife

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