For a calendar of special events, call the Edenton visitors’ center (252-482-2637) or check its Web site,
Groups can arrange for guided tours highlighting Edenton’s African-American history; individuals can pick up a pamphlet with a map and description of important places. An escaped slave named Harriet Ann Jacobs wrote a memoir of her youth in Edenton, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl . The houses Jacobs lived in are gone, but a self-guided-tour brochure points out a number of sites, including the attic where she hid from her white master for nearly seven years.
Twenty miles south of Edenton is Somerset Place, a beautifully preserved antebellum rice plantation overlooking a lake. Surrounded by white fences, the main house and a cluster of outbuildings are painted in shades of buff and gold; several slave cabins have been restored and the foundations of a slave church and hospital excavated. Dorothy Redford, the site’s executive director and a descendant of Somerset slaves, recently brought together 2,000 plantation descendants for a reunion. For more about Somerset Place, call 252-797-4560 or visit its Web site: