Home of Thomas and Penelope Barker. Penelope was one of 51 ladies who signed their names to a petition resolving not to buy or use British goods because of taxes levied by the king. Their protest in 1774 became known as the “Edenton Tea Party.” The house was built in 1782, consisting of a parlor wing and a half hall. Was added onto 3 times by 1840 to its present state - 3 floors and 8 fireplaces. Original location was 2 blocks north.

Today a wonderful gift shop, visitor information, exhibits and a trolley tour are all part of this wonderful Welcome Center.