(9) The American Revolution

North Carolina saw very little fighting during the Revolutionary War. The inlets along the coast, particularly Ocracoke Inlet, provided small ships an opportune location to sail by the British warships in the Atlantic and make their way to the inner harbors of Edenton and New Bern.


For the most part, the Albemarle Region escaped the ravages of war. However, what the region did see was citizens of Pasquotank County openly resist the Stamp Act by refusing to hold court until it was repealed. During the years of 1765-1766, there was no court held in the county. 


On October 25, 1774, fifty-two ladies from several counties in North Carolina met in Edenton, North Carolina and declared they would no longer drink tea or partake of any British products. This was one of the first political acts taken by women in American history and an act ridiculed by the British press. 


In 1776, Albemarle residents began to show their spirit of independence by raising liberty poles in many locales; the Currituck Liberty Pole is the only one known to survive. Which flag or banner flew from its top is unknown.