Sunday, February 17, 2013

Photo-of-the-Week #94 - The Edenton Lighthouse, Edenton, North Carolina, February 5, 2013

Edenton, North Carolina is a pretty, small, historic town on the western shore of the Albemarle Sound. This photo is, obviously, of the Edenton harbor and lighthouse. A little research into the history of this little town reveals that this was one of the early and busiest shipping ports on the east coast during the early colonial days. On the other side of the Albemarle Sound are the barrier islands known as the Outer Banks of North Carolina making this a very well protected harbor.

The port is no longer an active shipping port. However, it is an active harbor for fishing and recreational boating. I didn't visit the lighthouse, but it's on the list for a return visit. The lighthouse is known as the 1886 Roanoke River Lighthouse since that was it's original location. The lighthouse was commissioned from 1886 to 1941. It was relocated to Edenton in 2007. The unique design of this particular lighthouse makes it one of a kind. This part of the waterfront is a park setting known as Colonial Park.

An interesting fact about the town of Edenton is that while it was a colonial shipping port and there as revolutionary war activity throughout this region, it was never involved in any battle actions. Additionally, it was also a strategic location during the Civil War.  A Union Army contingent was stationed in Edenton, but again, it was spared any battles or burning as was the fate of so many other towns in the Confederacy.

This is a terrific town to return to and spend a couple days exploring in the future.    

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