8. Former site of Horniblow's Tavern
(Chowan County Office Building now occupies this Iocation)
Harriet lived here with her family until her mother's death in 1819. At that time Harriet was sent to live with Margaret Horniblow, who taught her to read, spell and sew.
9. Chowan County Courthouse
In 1828, Hannah Pritchard purchased Molly Horniblow after her owner's death. Miss Pritchard petitioned the Chowan County court to emancipate Molly on April 28, 1828.
10. Chowan County Jail
Harriet writes that after her escape from the plantation, Dr. Norcom jailed her young children and brother for two months and her aunt for one month, in an effort to force her out of hiding.
11. Former site of the Market House
(Intersection of S. Broad and Water Streets)
Goods of all kinds were sold here, including slaves. Here on January 1st, hiring day, slaves could be offered out for hire by their owners for the year.
12. Edenton Bay Harbor / Maritime Underground Railroad Site
Harriet writes that she escaped from Edenton in 1842 by way of the Edenton Bay. This means of escape by water became known as the Maritime Underground Railroad. Aided by sympathetic seamen, Harriet sailed north. Her goal was to reach New York and reunite with her daughter. Harriet remained a fugitive slave until her freedom was purchased in 1852.
13. Snaky Swamp
(Wooded area west of Edenton Bay)
Harriet writes that with the help of friends she was concealed in the swamp for two days while a hiding place was prepared at her grandmother's house. "As evening approached, the number of snakes increased so much that we were continually obliged to thrash them with sticks to keep them from crawling over us."
for information and locations of antebellum homes in Edenton.