Elizabeth City Ghost Walk

First off – HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME! Yesterday was my birthday. 🙂 I had a good day surrounded by some of my loved ones.

This past weekend was an exciting one. Friday night, my mom took me out to eat at 309 Bistro. She got steak and a salad, I got the Red Eye Gravy Chicken with brussel sprouts casserole and gruyere potatoes. It was a delicious combination. 309’s red eye gravy is perfect with just a bit of a spicy kick. I finished off my meal with a chocolate bundino. It was a perfect finish – chocolately without being overwhelming sweet.

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Saturday night, my boyfriend took me out to eat at Logan Ray’s, a local downtown bar. I had never been there before but it had a good atmosphere. From there, we made our way to the Elizabeth City Ghost Walk. The theme for this year’s walk was the Jazz Age featuring prohibition and bootleggers. Our first stop was the Arts of the Albemarle building. I had never been there before, but I have heard that it puts on a lot of plays/shows during the year. It also is a local art gallery. I really enjoyed exploring it.

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There were 7 or 8 stops on the walking tour, taking you from private homes to the courthouse to a local graveyard. I enjoyed myself but I did notice that unlike the Edenton Ghost Walk that I went on a few years ago, the EC one did not contain many ghost stories. Instead, reenactors talked as if they were a spirit from the prohibition era, giving us glimpses into their lives. Some of the history was quite fascinating! The final stop on the ghost walk was a local cemetery, which was my favorite stop. I loved going to a cemetery after dark!

Tickets for the ghost walk were $12 each or $10 with military ID and there was also transportation provided between each destination in case you chose not to walk everywhere (and we did not feel like walking to each home).

Arts of the Albemarle
516 East Main St,
Elizabeth City, NC 27909

309 Bistro and Spirits
309 S Broad St,
Edenton, NC 27932

Charleston Part II: Bits and Bobs

The Old City Jail - The tour was fabulous and even though we had no scary moments, when we arrived back at our hotel room afternoon, our key card no longer worked. Odd.
The Old City Jail – The tour was fabulous and even though we had no scary moments, when we arrived back at our hotel room afternoon, our key card no longer worked. Odd.
The Old City Jail - I took a  tour through here on evening thanks to Bulldog tours.
The Old City Jail – I took a tour through here one evening thanks to Bulldog tours.
BBQ Shrimp & Grits from 82 Queen for brunch - the best shrimp and grits I have ever eaten. 82 Queen also has the best Bloody Mary in town in my mind.
BBQ Shrimp & Grits from 82 Queen for brunch – the best shrimp and grits I have ever eaten. 82 Queen also has the best Bloody Mary in town in my mind.
It was too late for us to explore the graveyard of this church, but I love the structure of the building.
It was too late for us to explore the graveyard of this church, but I love the structure of the building.
Me in front of the fountain.
Me in front of the fountain.
Just some silly boy I photographed doing silly things.
Just some silly boy I photographed doing silly things.

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Not pictured: breakfast at Another Broken Egg Café, lunch at The Griffon, our visit to the H.L. Hunley, more graveyards, and a trip to the Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon.

On-The-Go in Edenton

Whew, have I had a busy weekend. It was 9:30 Friday night when I finally found myself at home in my pjs, settled in to watch the series finale of ‘What Not To Wear’ after being away from the house since 7:45 that morning. I worked until 6:15 – got off and had a delicious dinner in downtown Edenton with a former coworker before the two of us embark on a Friday night adventure. I am proud to say that I witnessed Edenton’s inaugural Ghost Walk! I hope this becomes a yearly tradition.

Excluding a 6-year period where I lived in Raleigh for school and whatnot, I was born and bred in Edenton. I thought I knew a thing or two about Edenton, but my tour guide proved otherwise. I wish I could remember his name – but whoever the gentleman was – he was filled with so many tales of Edenton. I could have listened to him all night. I didn’t take any pictures but I’m hoping that I can remember the stories he told for when my special friend comes to town in a couple of weeks. The best part of the whole tour was stepping foot into the old Edenton jail. It was so creepy and foreboding and our tour guide enlightened us to the fact that ghost hunters found evidence of 6 spirits lurking there.

Tickets for the Edenton ghost walk were only $10 and I thought that the whole thing was very well organized. They had specific times set up on Friday and Saturday night with a certain number of tickets available for each time. Thank goodness it was such gorgeous weather – and a full moon!

Saturday, I found myself waking up bright and early to attend the last day of the traveling Blackbeard/Queen Anne’s Revenge exhibit. Shown at the 1767 Chowan County Courthouse from Sept. 6 to Oct. 19, it was the third stop on a statewide tour. The artifacts were on loan from the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort, which mom and I had almost visited when we were in Beaufort a few weeks ago (I swear, recap of that adventure coming soon!). I thought that it was well worth the $1 admission to enter and enjoyed stepping foot into the courthouse – a building that I haven’t enterred in over 15 years.

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Top Row: View from the courthouse, old jail in background. | QAR exhibit
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