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The Chowan County Courthouse is the oldest public building in North Carolina. Built in 1767, it is also one of the country's best-preserved colonial courthouses. Recently the National Park Service awarded a grant of $208,000 to the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources to assist in restoration.
As NC state archaeologist and volunteers set out to begin an excavation of the Chowan County Courthouse, Hurricane Agnes struck Edenton and the rains that followed postponed the dig. The group moved to the site of another state-owned property that needed excavation. The cellar of the James Iredell House not only provided a relatively dry place to work, but also yielded plenty of kitchen and houseware artifacts.
The measurement of Edenton’s historical significance to North Carolina extends back the mid eighteenth century, when it was the state capital. The measure of its history extends to modern day, with the town’s efforts to preserve its Colonial roots. This is evident in facilities such as the courthouse, built in 1767, and historic houses such as the Barker House, built in 1783.
Transcription of 1725 document found in taken from ’The Historical & Genealogical Register.