Perfect, Part 1

After our (thankfully) brief brush with Hurricane Arthur Thursday evening and Friday morning, the weather could not have been more beautiful for the holiday weekend. The skies were picture-perfect-blue, the humidity was low, and the temps were in the low 80’s. Just perfect.

Saturday morning, Motor Man and I ventured south about 80 miles to the little town of Edenton, North Carolina. We had driven through the town several times over the years, but had never stopped for a visit. Until I did research for this post, I didn’t know that Edenton was the first permanent settlement in North Carolina, discovered in 1658 by settlers venturing out from Jamestown.

Today, tourism is big in Edenton, and the town prides itself on the friendliness of its residents. Motor Man and I certainly found that to be true Saturday.

Our visit focused on the Edenton Harbor. The Roanoke River Lighthouse (built in 1886) was moved in recent years to Edenton’s waterfront from its original location in the Albemarle Sound and restored. It’s expected to open to the public in August. That may necessitate another visit…

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While waiting for time for our harbor tour, Motor Man and I walked along the waterfront.

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Our harbor cruise was aboard the Liber Tea, an electric (very quiet) boat which accomodates six passengers. The boat is named in honor of Edenton’s tea party movement in 1774, organized by 51 Edenton ladies.

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Hello, Cap’n Mark. (By the way, if you’re ever in the Edenton area, you should definitely take his tour. It’s wonderful.)

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After our cruise, we stopped in town at Blount’s Pharmacy for hand-dipped ice cream cones, then left Edenton for “Perfect, Part 2”, which I’ll share in tomorrow’s post.

~These Days Of Mine~

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23 responses to “Perfect, Part 1

  1. Looks like it was a perfect day all around – perfect weather, ride, sights, and “company” !

    Pam

  2. Love Edenton – the B & B’s are great – and there are several nice restaurants and great shops! Will have to take the boat tour next time!!

  3. OH that looks wonderful. Can’t wait for part 2. We’ve talked of going to Edenton. I think now we’ll need to make it happen.

  4. Sounds like a perfect town to celebrate a perfect weekend. Your photos are so pretty. I look forward to part 2. 🙂

  5. What a great day! I am a lighthouse lover and we seek them out –did not know about this one in NC!!! Love the picture of you two—so sweet!

  6. Sounds like a lovely outing. Edenton is a pretty little town.

  7. I love Edenton. I went to their Christmas Open House and toured all the houses on the waterfront. So beautiful. Can’t wait for Part 2.

  8. love that neat lighthouse!

  9. What a gorgeous place!

  10. Gorgeous photos! It looks so beautiful there! I love lighthouses! You both look so happy too it made mum and me smile!

  11. You two do find the most delightful places to visit. I can’t wait for #2 in this series!

  12. I see a new venture in your future! Motorman’s Smithfield Boat Tours! He can drive, Marshall can be telling the stories, you can take pictures and videos of your paying passengers experiences for keepsakes. I’ll be your first customer!

  13. So interesting…. I knew of Edenton, but not much- time for more research! It does look like you had perfect weather … looking forward to part 2!

  14. Olde Towne Photos

    Perfect place for a beautiful weekend. Love the pictures. A friend visited Edenton and stayed, bought a house and sent for their things.

  15. I’m happy that Arthur didn’t put a damper on your holiday weekend plans, Dianna. Thanks for sharing your beautiful photos…love the lighthouse! Cap’n Mark sure loves his job, look at that smile!

  16. Shirley Matthews Dunn

    Chuck and I love Edenton too. The last time we were there they had just moved the lighthouse. We have some pictures, I will try to find and post then. The town has wonderful restaurants and shops. I am sure we will go again soon because of this great post! Looking forward to part 2.

  17. Looks like a great day! So glad the Hurricane didn’t really affect you 🙂

  18. They must have had a delay, they thought the lighthouse would open to visitors last fall. It’s a beautiful small town, and as you said, lots of history. I hadn’t seen the tour boat before. Do you know if that is new? Or seasonal?

    • It’s new, Patti. I think they began having them around Memorial Day. He’s hoping to have them through the fall…and weather permitting, around the time of the Home Tour at Christmas. We highly recommend it!

      • Thanks! I thought they did a home tour for the holidays, but wasn’t sure if I had the right place. There are some grand old homes there.

  19. Edenton is a favorite little town of ours. We flew down for a quick visit last summer on one of our first flights together after my husband got his pilot’s license. Lovely little place.

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