Monday, February 13, 2012

Along the water

The weather was nice when my friend Tress and I arrived. It gradually turned into a gray and overcast day.

Most of the actual waterfront in Edenton is public. There's a park, an empty marina (could be the time of year), and some historical community buildings, plus a little lighthouse. The main street forms the base stroke of a T, with the cross brace being the shore. At the intersection is the park and marina.

Edenton is prominent as the home of a Declaration signer and a first-round Supreme Court Justice, the birthplace of key figures in the underground railroad and the abolitionist movement (including Harriet Jacobs, author of Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl), the site of one of the first acts of political rebellion by a group of women on not-yet-U.S. soil, and the first capital of North Carolina, circa the 1730s.

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