1. Historic Edenton Visitor Center
Information, tours, audio-visual program, gift shop and various exhibits, including one on the life of Harriet Jacobs, are available here. A North Carolina Highway Historical Marker, dedicated May 15, 1998, commemorates Harriet Ann Jacobs, fugitive slave, writer and abolitionist.

2. Saint Paul's Episcopal Church and Churchyard
Harriet writes that her children were baptized at Saint Paul's Church where their great-grandmother, Molly Horniblow, was a member. In the churchyard, near the sidewalk along Church Street, is the grave of Dr. James Norcom.

3. Former site of Martha Hoskins Rombough Blount's home
(a gas station now occupies this location) Mrs. Blount was a white friend of Harriet's grandmother, Molly Horniblow. The home was Harriet's second hiding place after her escape from Auburn plantation.

4. Former site of Dr. Norcom's home
(Edenton Baptist Church parking lot) Harriet came to live here at about age twelve after her owner, Margaret Horniblow willed her to Dr. Norcom's three-year-old daughter in 1825. Built in 1766, three rooms of the house are presented today at the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

5. Former site of Samuel Tredwell Sawyer's home
(Lower end of W. King Street) Harriet writes that Samuel Sawyer was the father of her children, Joseph, born in 1829 and Louisa Matilda, 1833. An Edenton lawyer, Sawyer was elected to the United States Congress in 1837.

6. Former site of Molly Horniblow's home
(Upper end of W. King Street in the fenced parking lot area) Harriet writes that she hid in a small attic above a storeroom in her grandmother's house for six years and eleven months until her escape to the North in 1842. Harriet sold the house in 1892.

7. Former site of Dr. Norcom's medical office
(105 East King Street) The present building was built in 1882 as a law office.
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."

Antebellum homes
Click here for information and locations of antebellum homes in Edenton.
< Close Window