Elizabeth City is at the Narrows of the Pasquotank River, approximately 12 nautical miles from Albemarle Sound. The Dismal Swamp Canal connects the Elizabeth River in Virginia and the Pasquotank River. The canal was dug in 1790, and by the early 1800s a vigorous trade with the West Indies had been established. Historic buildings from the era include Christ Episcopal Church, 200 S. McMorrine St., and the Old Brick House, north of downtown on the Pasquotank River, also known as the Blackbeard House because of its associations with the infamous pirate.
A century later the freshwater, landlocked harbor on the Pasquotank River rivaled Baltimore as one of the East Coast's ports. It remains busy today, and the city's waterfront and proximity to the Intracoastal Waterway draw pleasure boaters. Nearby is one of the nation's largest U.S. Coast Guard installations, the Air Station Elizabeth City, as well as the Elizabeth City Shipyard and TCOM L.P. This airship and aerostat facility is adjacent to a historic 1942 hangar that launched Navy “K” airships, or blimps, during World War II.
The Center, 516 E. Main St., is the headquarters for Arts of the Albemarle. The organization presents regional art exhibitions, theater and various events; phone (252) 338-6455.
Elizabeth City Area Convention & Visitors Bureau 501 S. Water St. ELIZABETH CITY, NC 27909. Phone:(252)335-5330 or (855)842-9559