Barker House


Celebrate colonial women’s quest for freedom

The Barker House in Edenton celebrates what was the earliest organized women’s political action in American history. On Oct. 25, 1774, 51 women in Edenton formed an alliance wholeheartedly supporting the American cause against “taxation without representation.” Known as the Edenton Tea Party, the protest was met with surprise and ridicule in England, but is viewed as an important step in our nation’s path to independence. The Barker House was home to Penelope Barker, the leader of the movement. It is now home to the Edenton Historical Commission and is open for daily tours highlighting period furniture and featuring temporary history exhibits. Edenton celebrated its 300th anniversary in 2013 and served as the first Colonial Capital of North Carolina. The town survived the both the Revolutionary and Civil wars largely intact, allowing visitors today to explore three National Historic Landmarks, a state historic site and architectural styles spanning some 250 years. Edenton was named one of America’s Prettiest Towns and the Historic Edenton Visitor Center provides guided walking and trolley tours Tuesday through Saturday.

The Barker House

Barker House, South Broad Street, Edenton, NC

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