About Destination Downtown Edenton

Mission Statement

The mission of Destination Downtown Edenton is to provide leadership dedicated to the preservation, promotion, recruitment and enhancement of Downtown Edenton in a spirit of cooperation.

Vision Statement

Nestled in the heart of the Inner Banks, Edenton is a vibrant community brimming with natural beauty and living history. Immerse yourself in coastal waterways and wetlands as you explore key 18th and 19th-century personalities and architecture. Wander our walkable streets lined with local shops and restaurants in the first colonial capital of North Carolina. Where the river meets the sound, you’ll meet Edenton.


Ches Chesson

Executive Director

Ches is a native Edentonian. He was born and raised in Edenton before attending the Naval Academy. Ches went on to serve in the United States Navy for 11 years as a Naval Aviator before earning his MBA at the UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School. Shortly after, he returned to Edenton with his family. Ches is passionate about the success of downtown Edenton and aims to keep the commercial district thriving while retaining the historic charm that Edenton offers its residents and visitors alike.

The Main Street Program

Main Street America is a National Trust for Historic Preservation initiative created in the 1970s to revitalize downtown commercial districts by combining economic development through the lens of preservation, promotional events, downtown design, and meaningful community engagement.

To learn more about the Main Street Approach and dive deeper into The Four Points, visit Main Street America.

Interested in Volunteering?

Destination Downtown Edenton thrives off of your volunteer support. If you’re passionate about Downtown Edenton and would like to help out, please fill out the volunteer form or contact us via email.