Among the collectibles that the late Emmett Wiggins placed on his Edenton property is the Roanoke River Lighthouse. Well over 100 years old, the rare lighthouse is thought to be one of the last in the state.
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.
It’s actually a replica of the lighthouse built in 1886 and copies the screw-pile design of the original. However, the Roanoke River Lighthouse in Plymouth reveals a genuine interest in and truth about the lifeways of an earlier time in Eastern North Carolina. Included is a timeline for that’s representative of both this lighthouse and the time period in which it was constructed.
Images of historical buildings such as St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and information about citizens like Penelope Barker collectively illustrated the importance of North Carolina’s first colonial capital. Revealed is the important role women continue to play in Edenton’s development in this timeline statistic: approximately 70 percent of its entrepreneurs are female.