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  • Monument Name

    First Albemarle Assembly, Elizabeth City

  • Type

    Marker

  • Subjects

    Colonial History

  • City

    Elizabeth City

  • County

    Pasquotank

  • Description

    The memorial marker is a rectangular tombstone style block of granite on a single granite base. The front face is polished with the remaining surfaces roughhewn.

  • Inscription

    THE / FIRST ALBEMARLE ASSEMBLY / MET HERE, FEB. 6, 1665. / ERECTED BY / SIR WALTER RALEIGH CHAPTER, / DAUGHTERS OF THE REVOLUTION, / JUNE 11, 1910.

  • Custodian

    Hall’s Creek Church

  • Dedication Date

    June 11, 1910

  • Decade

    1910s

  • Geographic Coordinates

    36.219620 , -76.274750 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Supporting Sources

      Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the General Society, Daughters of the Revolution (Englewood Press: Englewood, NJ, 1909), 51 Link

      Albertson, Catherine Seyton. In Ancient Albemarle (NC: General Society of the Daughters of the Revolution, 1914) Link

      Towles, Louis P. 2006. “Grand Assembly of Albemarle,” NCPedia.org, (accessed June 13, 2017) Link

      “Interesting Ceremonies,” The Charlotte Observer (Charlotte, NC), June 14, 1910

      “Tablet Unveiled at Hall’s Creek,” Tar Heel (Elizabeth City, NC), June 17, 1910

  • Public Site

    Yes

  • Materials & Techniques

    Granite

  • Sponsors

    Sir Walter Raleigh Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution

  • Monument Dedication and Unveiling

    The dedication service was held in the sanctuary of Hall’s Creek Church. Former NC Lt. Governor Francis D. Winston was the featured speaker of the day. After Winston’s speech and a benediction those in attendance proceeded to the marker which was draped in an American flag. Four young girls dressed in white then pulled cords to unveil the marker. Cheers greeted the “impressive scene and patriotic songs arose spontaneously...”

  • Subject Notes

    The marker is located at the site of the first meeting of the Grand Assembly of Albemarle, the legislative body formed by North Carolina's first governor, William Drummond (1663-67). The body’s purpose was to assist in the drafting of temporary laws while acting within the guidelines of the Concessions and Agreement pact (1665) between the colony’s Lords Proprietors and existing settlers.

  • Location

    The church and marker are located near the 800 block of Halls Creek Road near Elizabeth City, NC.

  • Landscape

    The marker stands in a wooded area next to the unpaved circular drive in front of Hall’s Creek Church.

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