Barker House, Edenton

#2 of 10 in Things to do in Edenton
Historic Site · Hidden Gem · Visitor Center
Barker House is a historic home located at Edenton, Chowan County, North Carolina. The original house was built about 1782, and expanded during the 19th century. It is a 2 1/2-story frame dwelling with Georgian, Federal, and Greek Revival style design elements. It sits on a brick foundation and has at both ends a pair of single-shoulder exterior chimneys. The front facade features a full-length, two-tier porch carried on superimposed fluted pillars under a shed roof.

The house commemorates the life of Penelope Barker of Edenton who organized 51 ladies to sign a petition to King George III saying NO to taxation on tea and cloth. Unlike the tea party at Boston, the women at Edenton not only signed their names to the petition but sent it to the King and caused British newspapers to decry the first political demonstration by women in North America.

The Barker House serves as the Welcome Center for Edenton. It is owned, preserved and opened seven days a week by the Edenton Historical Commission and complements several sites of Historic Edenton. Their other historic sites open for tour include the James Iredell House (home of George Washington's youngest appointee to the first US Supreme Court), the Roanoke River Lighthouse, Chowan County Courthouse (this 1767 courthouse is the oldest in-use courthouse in the country), the Cupola House and St. Paul's Episcopal Church.

The Barker House was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972.
Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Edenton fast, fun, and easy.
Create an itinerary including Barker House
© OpenMapTiles © OpenStreetMap contributors

Barker House reviews

Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor traveler rating
TripAdvisor traveler rating 4.5
186 reviews
  • I feel bad writing a somewhat negative review, but perhaps this will help someone else visiting Edenton in the future. We arrived in Edenton on Monday June 14th and went directly to the Penelope...  more »
  • We stopped here first when we arrived in town and knew nothing about the area, the staff was very helpful and sweet. We signed up for the trolly tour (a must) and there is also a boat tour on the...  more »
  • Very welcome people. Helpful. Answer questions and tell about this old still nice looking, small town. Trolley will take you around town for $12.50. You also can buy trip in 10 or 12 seats ship which will take you to the water /not ocean, no waves/.
  • Beautiful. Lots of great history to see and very relaxing to walk around or sit by the water.
  • Build a trip
    Tell us where and when you
    want to go, we will build
    the best sightseeing itinerary
  • Refine it
    You have complete flexibility on your destinations and itinerary
  • Book as a package
    Use our travel agents to get
    package savings and hassle free booking
  • Enjoy your trip!
    Enjoy our 24x7
    on-trip assistance