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The banjo has been played in Carroll Best's family for generations. Best is a master of the melodic or \"fiddle\" style of playing, which is rooted in fiddle tunes. In 1994 he received a N.C. Folk Heritage Award for continuing the art of the banjo.
Edenton has historical homes and gardens along the waterfront and memories of the pirate Blackbeard. The Edenton Carriage Company helps preserve this history by giving visitors the option of traveling through the area in a horse-drawn carriage. The tours, which started in 1985, take between twenty and twenty-five minutes while the guide gives historical information about the town.