Introduction to Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Elizabeth City History
Elizabeth City was founded in 1793 as the town of Redding. It was established on land purchased from Adam and Elizabeth Tooley. Redding was renamed Elizabeth the following year and renamed again as Elizabeth City in 1801. The city was renamed either in honor of Queen Elizabeth I of England, who had spearheaded the colonization of the Virginia and Carolina coasts 200 years earlier, or in honor of Elizabeth "Betsy" Tooley, from whom the site for the town was purchased.
Elizabeth City and nearby Attractions
- Museum of the Albemarle
- Great Dismal Swamp Canal
- Arts of the Albemarle
- Port Discover
- ECSU Fine Arts Complex
- Episcopal Cemetery
Things To Do In Elizabeth City
Elizabeth City offers historic homes situated along tree-lined streets and a picturesque downtown complete with a scenic waterfront. Greater Elizabeth City is home to six National Register Historic Districts and six additional structures that have been listed independently in the National Register. The Museum of the Albemarle, located in the downtown area, is a huge building which has exhibits that tell the history of the 13 counties of Albemarle region.
Elizabeth City Transportation
Norfolk International Airport is less than one hour drive away.
Elizabeth City Higher Education
Elizabeth City State University and the College of the Albemarle are local institutions offering programs for higher education.