About The Area

An historic village more than 200 years old, Elizabeth City is located in the far northeastern corner of North Carolina, about one hour from the Outer Banks.

Long before Jamestown and Plymouth Rock, ships brought Europeans here in 1585 to explore and settle the area. The “birthplace of North Carolina,” Elizabeth City was chartered in 1793. Linked with the Dismal Swamp Canal in 1805, Elizabeth City became the economic and commercial center for northeastern North Carolina. A favorite stop of pleasure boaters, the city offers 48 hours of free docking at the waterfront.

The new Museum of the Albemarle illuminates more than 400 years of local history and heritage. Stroll along the docks at Mariner’s Wharf, and enjoy our beautiful, serene waterfront. Visit the shops and restaurants on Water Street and Poindexter. Make time to visit the Episcopal Cemetery, established in 1828, and our six historic districts, boasting beautiful homes on Main and Church Streets, our showplace for magnificent columned mansions.

Elizabeth City is a bird sanctuary, and home to the largest US Coast Guard Air Base in the world. Elizabeth City is the county seat and home to Elizabeth City State University and the celebrated ECSU planetarium, the College of the Albemarle and Roanoke Bible College.