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  • Monument Name

    Edmundson-Fox Memorial, Hertford

  • Type

    Marker

  • Subjects

    Religious Institution

    Colonial History

  • City

    Hertford

  • County

    Perquimans

  • Description

    The Edmundson-Fox Memorial is an unadorned bronze tablet attached to a lectern shaped block of pink granite standing several feet high including the base.

  • Inscription

    EDMUNDSON-FOX / MEMORIAL / NEAR THIS SPOT WILLIAM EDMUNDSON, / AN ENGLISH FRIEND HELD IN MAY 1672 / THE FIRST RELIGIOUS SERVICE ON RECORD / IN NORTH CAROLINA. / SIX MONTHS LATER, GEORGE FOX, FOUNDER / OF THE RELIGIOUS SOCIETY OF FRIENDS ALSO / VISITED THIS SECTION AND HELD MEETINGS / AMONG THE COLONISTS. HERE WERE THE / BEGINNINGS OF THE RELIGIOUS LIFE OF A / GREAT STATE. / ERECTED JUNE 11, 1929, BY NORTH CAROLINA YEARLY MEETING OF FRIENDS

  • Dedication Date

    June 11, 1929

  • Decade

    1920s

  • Geographic Coordinates

    36.193010 , -76.465800 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Supporting Sources

      Barefoot, Daniel W. Touring The Backroads Of North Carolina’s Upper Coast (Winston-Salem, NC: John F. Blair, Publisher, 1995), 75, (accessed June 19, 2017) Link

      “Edmundson-Fox Memorial,” The Historical Marker Database, HMdb.org, (accessed June 19, 2017) Link

      “The Northeast Corner,” Statesville Record and Landmark, (Statesville, NC), June 24, 1929, 4

  • Public Site

    Yes

  • Materials & Techniques

    Bronze, granite

  • Sponsors

    North Carolina Friends (Quakers)

  • Subject Notes

    Quakers moving into northeastern North Carolina from Virginia in the late 1600’s became responsible for much of the organized religion in the colony. The claim that Edmundson and Fox held the first organized religious service in North Carolina ignores the baptism of Manteo and Virginia Dare in 1587.

  • Location

    The marker is located in Hertford at the corner of N. Church St. and Newby St. on the right hand side as one travels north.

  • Landscape

    The marker stands on the grass by a sidewalk, in a residential area, one block from the Perquimans River.

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