The prettiest small town in the South

That’s Edenton, of course.  Edenton, North Carolina, the county seat of Chowan County, which figures into many of my landscapes.  And it is beautiful, too: what with its pre-Revolutionary architecture and its decided lack of world-class golf, five-star this and over-bloated that. 

Edenton was founded in the early 18th century, was the seat of the colony’s government, and was overlooked by history in favor of larger ports, railroads and the Dismal Swamp Canal.  It sits on the Albemarle Sound, near the mouth of the Chowan River.  

People usually ask, “Where is that?”  It’s about an hour south of Virginia and an hour west of the Atlantic. Here’s what it looks like:

 

The Barker-Moore House

The Barker-Moore House from the Chowan County website. Excerpted from Edenton, An Architectural Portrait, by Thomas R. Butchko, © 1992 by the Edenton Woman’s Club and Chowan County Government, Edenton, NC). chowancounty-nc.gov.

 

The Cupola House

Photo by Mary Kay Coyle at http://cupolahouse.org

I’m going to paint the town at an event to benefit the foundation that cares for the 1758 Cupola House on April 25th and 26th.  It’s called Easels in the Gardens, and a click here will tell you all about it:  http://cupolahouse.org.  The town will be at its best.  The weather will, too.  You can even dance in the middle of Broad Street during the two-day festival. 

I’ll be in St. Paul’s churchyard both days from 1pm until 5pm. 

 Yes, it has a waterfront and historic buildings, Edenton is very much a living community.  Drop by and live a little.  Directions for cars, planes and boats:  http://www.visitedenton.com/directions.

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