Elizabeth City - One of America's Best Small Towns
Located in Pasquotank and Camden counties in North Carolina,
Elizabeth City was founded in 1793 and was initially known as the town
of Redding. The land was acquired by Adam and Elizabeth Tooley, with the
town's name changed to Elizabeth in 1794 and then to Elizabeth City in
1801, a name either derived from Queen Elizabeth or Elizabeth Tooley.
Elizabeth is the largest city in north-eastern North Carolina and is a
beautiful stop over for boaters on the Albemarie Sound, where "One of
America's Best Small Towns" can be found. The city has six National
Registered Historic Districts which transport visitors back in time,
letting them experience of an almost untouched history.
Two of the most visited National Historic Districts of Elizabeth City
are the Main Street Commercial District, a bustling center that was
divided into two districts: one for shipping and manufacturing and the
other for whole retail and banking activities place with boutiques and
restaurants foregrounding as its greatest assets and the Main Street
Residential District fosters a beautiful historic residential
architecture that reflects fine living, inspired by Colonial Revival
Designs. The other Historic Districts of Elizabeth City are Northside
Historic District, Shepard Street - South Road Street Historic District,
Riverside Historic District and the Elizabeth City State Teacherís
College, which is the site of the Elizabeth City State University, the
premier institution of higher learning in the city.
The Elizabeth City State University is under the University of North
Carolina System. It was a historically black university and has been
offering baccalaureate (Art, History, Political Science, Language,
Literature, Music, Social Sciences, Accounting, Economics, Management,
and more) and masters programs (Elementary Education, School
Administration, Biology and Mathematics).
Elizabeth City has some of the most interesting attractions which are
deservingly referred as visually unique and non-comparable. The Arts of
the Albemarie Gallery in East Main Street displays works of North
Carolina artists and crafts persons. The Carolina Carriages in Camden is
a showcase of elegant horse and carriage service which offers tours in
downtown Elizabeth City. The Dixieland Speedway in Northside Road puts
visitors in an exciting place for go-cart and stockcar racing in a 3/8
mile dirt oval.
Aside from visiting historic attractions, tourists would also enjoy a
number of possible outdoor activities in Elizabeth City. Enjoy biking in
Charles Creek Park, a three-acre park in Riverside Avenue which is also
a perfect place for fishing, boating, volleyball and picnics. Have fun
birding and hiking in Dismal Swap Canal Welcome Center in South Mills,
Fun Junkton in Simpsons Ditch Road and North River Game Land in Indian
Finally, Elizabeth City has events for all seasons which are all worth
visiting: Martin Luther King Jr. Day (January 16) hosted by Elizabeth
City State University, Valentine Faire (February 2) hosted by The Museum
of the Albermale, African American History Month in Elizabeth City
(February), Harbor Arts Festival (June 28-29) and a lot more.