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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 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.

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 

Somerset Place

2572 Lake Shore Road

Creswell, NC 27928

(252) 797-4560

Tuesday-Saturday 9-5

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