"Edenton Tea Party Headquarters" Edenton Things to Do Tip by grandmaR

Edenton Things to Do: 6 reviews and 25 photos

  Barker House
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  • Barker House - Edenton
      Barker House
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  • Barker House - sound side with cannon - Edenton
      Barker House - sound side with cannon
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  • waterfront toward town green - Edenton
      waterfront toward town green
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  • Barker House c 1782 - Edenton
      Barker House c 1782
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  • Birdcage inside house - Edenton
      Birdcage inside house
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This building was the residence of Thomas and Penelope Barker. Penelope was a principle figure in the Edenton Tea Party - the women met and signed a paper saying they would not use taxed English tea in Oct 25, 1774.

The house was built in 1782- so it was after the Teaparty. It is a handsome double porched building which is the headquarters for Historic Edenton. There are big veranda porches on the other side of the house. Photo 4 shows the bay side of Barker House at its new location on filled land. It was successfully moved with the chimneys attached. Photo 2 shows the south side with cannon.

Open Mon-San 10-4 and Sunday 1-4.

There is a large reproduction of the cartoon depicting the Edenton Tea Party which was in the London papers at the time. The drawing made fun of the Edenton women by giving them the faces of current English politicians, so it is not an accurate depiction of what went on. I bought a post card of it.

I found out about this town from my BIL because one of my husband's ancestresses was in the Edenton Tea Party. We stopped and had cookies and something to drink on our walking tour of the town.

Address: 505 S. Broad St.
Directions: At the end of Broad Street.
Phone: 252-482-7800
Website: http://www.edenton.com/history/barker.htm

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated May 1, 2011
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