We were up at dawn, headed back out to the Alligator River, out across Albemarle Sound, and up the Pasquotank River to Elizabeth City. 32-miles altogether. As we pulled in close to the city’s free dock, a fellow sailor was calling us on the radio to welcome us. When we said it was our first time to Elizabeth City, our new friend, Steve, explained which slips our boat may best fit into, and then proceeded to assist us with docking.
Since we still had most the afternoon, we took the walking tour (self guided) of the historic downtown area. Elizabeth City has some nice waterfront park areas, but the town itself seems to be somewhat depressed. A couple of the restaurants listed in our cruising guide were now out of business. We did find a nice little waterfront tiki bar for a couple cold beers. Then on to dinner from a local seafood place, which was very busy. It was good old fried Southern cooking. OK once in a while, but something of which we can not make a steady diet.
Elizabeth City was settled in 1793, and it’s major industry was supplying lumber to Northern and Eastern states until the Great Depression ended the prosperity. The area was also divided as to its allegiance during the Civil War, and therefore became a major stop for the “Underground Railroad” used by escaping slaves.
If you ever go to Elizabeth City, take a walking tour. It is nothing like Savannah, but there are still some beautiful old homes.