Edenton, in Chowan County, has historic buildings spanning three centuries and representing many styles of architecture. Named for Gov. Charles Eden, the town served as the colonial capital until the mid-1740s. It was home to Penelope Barker, organizer of Edenton Tea Party in 1774. The town's restoration began in the early 20th-century. Current preservation activities include an overhaul of the Edenton Cotton Mill. Of the 70 remaining mill houses, 57 have been purchased by families for restoration, and the 1899 mill building is being converted into 30 condominiums.