Tourism for Elizabeth City, NC
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History abounds in Elizabeth City, and the best way to experience it is by taking a stroll around town. The Visitors Bureau offers self-guided tours that explore the city’s six historic districts, as well as markers that depict the Battle of Elizabeth City and other milestones associated with the city’s role in the Civil War. Use the search filters to choose between all tours, self-guided historic walking tours, or Elizabeth City Civil War Trails, and take a walk through history!
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 Elizabeth City Aviation Trail »

Various locations, mostly downtown Elizabeth City

Elizabeth City , NC 27909

Learn about the visits that the Wright Brothers made to Elizabeth City during their quest to make their dreams of taking flight become reality.  Imagine standing in the same locations as these brothers whose vision changed the way we travel.  Most of the markers are in the downtown area, the others are within easy driving distance.  Download the Elizabeth City Aviation Trail guide and map.

 Elizabeth City Civil War Trail Markers Tour »

S Water St

Elizabeth City , NC

Part of the national Civil War Trails program, the “Elizabeth City Civil War Trails Tour” weaves together the history of Union occupation in Elizabeth City through real-life accounts of arson, ambush, guerrilla warfare-and the tragic tale of a family murdered on a trip to town. Pick up a copy of the Elizabeth City Civil War Trail Markers Tour brochure at the Visitors Bureau. Then view six markers (within walking distance of the downtown area) that depict events that took place in Elizabeth City from...

 Elizabeth City State Teacher’s College Tour »

Elizabeth City , NC 27909

This important district is the current site of the area’s premier institution of higher learning, Elizabeth City State University. The school was founded in 1891 as a Normal School for the purpose of “training teachers of the colored race to teach in common schools of North Carolina,” and marked a significant period in African-American history. The many historic buildings on campus take visitors on a trip into the past and tell the story of a proud people who reached for knowledge, and through it, changed the face of the nation.

 Main Street Commercial District Tour »

511 E Main St

Elizabeth City , NC

The Main Street Commercial District is a pleasant area to walk or shop. During much of the 19th-century, this was a bustling center that was made up of two distinct districts. One was the center of shipping, wholesaling and manufacturing located near the harbor at Main and Water Streets, while the other was in the area of Main and Road Streets where retail and banking activities thrived. these beautiful, so very old church doors had me mesmerized today. so much history. I can’t even imagine the things they must have seen since 1859. #history #beauty #weekendvibes A photo posted by Kelly Hogue (@kellybhogue) on Jun 25, 2016 at 3:09pm PDT Shop in quaint boutiques and experience the wonderfully unique character of the city’s restaurants. Download the Elizabeth City Main Street Commercial District Tour...

 Main Street Residential District Tour »

511 E Main St

Elizabeth City , NC

For lovers of beautiful historic residential architecture, the Main Street Residential District is a fine example. Prior to the Civil War the area was primarily farmland, but early in the 1890s it was developed by some of the city’s leading businessmen who wanted to create an image that reflected  gracious living. Today one can see late 19th-century homes that were built in the elaborate Queen Anne and Eastlake styles alongside Craftsman and Colonial Revival designs that were constructed in the early 20th– century.  Download the Elizabeth City Main Street Residential Walking Tour brochure here.  

 Northside Historic District Tour »

Elizabeth City , NC

Just north of the Main Street districts, on the old road to Norfolk, is the Northside Historic District. Most of the structures here were built after 1881. The beginning of strong industrial and social progress began when the railroad came to Elizabeth City. The first passenger and freight depot opened and was located on the edge of the Pasquotank River where Mid-Atlantic Christian University now stands. The Northside area grew as a result, and many of these structures can still be observed today.

 Riverside Historic District Tour »

Elizabeth City , NC

The Riverside Historic District is Elizabeth City’s most distinctive early 20th-century residential neighborhood. In 1914, the construction of the region’s first modern hospital at the end of Riverside Avenue brought physicians into the area. Enchanted by the beauty of the waterfront, many chose to build their residences here. One can view the Preyer-Cropsey House where Nell Cropsey lived. The exciting story of Nell’s unsolved murder has all the elements of a good mystery and can be experienced first-hand in the Riverside Historic District.

 Shepard Street-South Road Street Historic District Tour »

Elizabeth City , NC

From a historic perspective, the Shepard Street — South Road Street Historic District — is of great importance, not only locally, but nationally.  Locally, it was a thriving African-American community with churches, schools, businesses and strong leaders. One of the most prominent of these leaders was Hugh Cale who was a member of the North Carolina General Assembly, as well as a successful teacher and businessman. One of his greatest achievements came in 1891, when he introduced a bill that created the State Colored Normal School at Elizabeth City – a school that was destined to become an integral part of the University of North Carolina system, Elizabeth City State University. Today one can see the homes and buildings that made up this community.

De’Tours- Victorian Teas & Historic Walking Tours

400 W. Main St.

Elizabeth City, NC 27909

252-435-5427

By Reservation Only (May ~ Sep)

Elizabeth City Aviation Trail

Various locations, mostly downtown Elizabeth City

Elizabeth City, NC 27909

Elizabeth City Civil War Trail Markers Tour

S Water St

Elizabeth City, NC 

Elizabeth City State Teacher’s College Tour

Elizabeth City, NC 27909

Historic Albemarle Tour

501 S. Water Street

Elizabeth City, NC 27909

800-734-1117

Monday: 8am-4pm Tuesdays: 8am-12pm Wednesday: 8am-4pm

Main Street Commercial District Tour

511 E Main St

Elizabeth City, NC 

Main Street Residential District Tour

511 E Main St

Elizabeth City, NC 

Northside Historic District Tour

Elizabeth City, NC 

Riverside Historic District Tour

Elizabeth City, NC 

Shepard Street-South Road Street Historic District Tour

Elizabeth City, NC