The Albemarle Loop (cont.)
24 October 2015
After washing the "fuzzy bugs"off of the deck, we pulled over to the fuel dock to top off. We pulled away from Albemarle Plantation at 10:40 a.m. The weather is just beautiful today. It has warmed up nicely. It will be a short trip to Edenton. With no wind, we motor all the way. I am really enjoying the new captain's chair that Carl installed. Just put the autopilot on and sit back...so comfortable! We are at the Edenton Harbor Marina by 1:30 p.m. After we get settled we set off to see the town. There is a lot of history here. A very quaint little town with beautifully restored homes. We stopped for a late lunch of shrimp and sausage gumbo at the Downtown Cafe. We found our way to the visitor's center were we watched a video on the history of Edenton. Back at the boat, Carl hooks up the cable t.v. The marina loaned us a car to take to Food Lion to pick up a few things. We have so much food on this boat. It's hard to believe that we need anything! We spend a quiet evening surfing the web and catching up on a little television.
We stepped off the boat for a morning walk into town. We were following the smell of breakfast in the air. We never found it, but settled for coffee and a yummy pumpkin muffin at the Coffee House. We head over to the Barker house to buy tickets for the 10:30 trolley tour. The house is beautifully furnished, is set for tea, and houses a gift shop. This is were the earliest known political action by women in America took place. Known as the Edenton Tea Party, where 51 women signed a petition protesting highly-taxed British goods, 10 months after the Boston Tea Party. The tour around Edenton takes in many of its beautiful homes and churches with examples of Jacobean, Federal, Greek Revival and Victorian architecture. Some, like the Cupola House, have beautiful gardens too. North Carolinas oldest home, built in 1716, is here. I just love seeing these beautiful places. The rich history here includes Joseph Hewes, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, Samuel Johnston, North Carolinas first U.S.Senator, James Iredell, a justice on the first U.S. Supreme Court, and Hugh Williamson, a signor of the U.S. Constitution. The people of Edenton are very proud of their history. After the tour, we did a little shopping in town and then went back to the Barker house and sat in the rockers on the back porch overlooking Edenton Bay. At 5:00, we enjoyed drinks with a couple from Midlothian on their Nordic Tug. There was a beautiful sunset. Carl and I walked to town for dinner. We drank Chianti and ate spaghetti at Kristie's. We've had a great visit in Edenton. Tomorrow we will cross the Albemarle and pick up the ICW again.