We're on the beautiful Chowan River in Chowan County, part of northeastern North Carolina. The Arrowhead Property Owners Association represent over 800 members of whom approximately 300 are either permanent residents or seasonal residents within Arrowhead Beach. Many of those who live in Arrowhead are retired but there are a sufficient number of younger families to assure a diverse neighborhood. The ambience is very pleasant.
We're in the midst of a pine forest, directly adhacent to the Chowan River. The Arrowhead community provides many recreational opportunities available only to members, including a Club House, a beach with park and fishing piers. In addition, there is a boat ramp on Indian Creek which provides easy access to the Chowan River as well as a safe haven during severe storms.
Arrowhead is twelve miles from historic Edenton and one hour away from Hampton Roads, Norfolk, Virginia Beach and Chesapeake Virginia.
The Arrowhead Property Owners Association is one of the oldest of its type in North Carolina. It began in the early 1970's after the developer (Southern Properties, Incorporated) turned over the subdivision to the Association. It is managed entirely by volunteers. For more information, please consult the By-laws and Restrictive Covenants of the Association (see related links).
The following article uses as its inspiration from
By Jim Kerr
This lovely North Carolina bay-front town takes pride in its colonial past
which appeared in "Where to Retire" special issue 2002 published by Vacation Publications, Inc.
Edenton is a 300-year-old town that has made a substantial contribution to history of the United States as well as to the history of North Carolina. On coming into Edenton from the south on Business Route 17 you get the impression that you are entering an old New England town. This belies the fact that Edenton is bona fide Southern town. It was laid out in 1712 along the north shore of the Albemarle Sound at the mouth of the Chowan River in the northeastern corner of the state. It is North Carolina's second-oldest town and was the first capitol of the state. For several decades prior to the American Revolution, Edenton was a major seaport with as many as 100 ships anchored in the bay that today entertains only pleasure boats.
Edenton was originally settled mostly by the English who drifted south from Virginia beginning in the 1650's. Today newcomers to the Edenton area came originally as tourists who arrived by accident because they were passing through on their way to somewhere else, or were attracted by having read of the historic ambiance. Having visited, these tourists were drawn back to stay by the sense of community and the laidback pace of life here. There is diagonal parking along both sides of Broad Street along the four-block long "business district" of downtown Edenton -- something not ordinarily found elsewhere. The natural laid-back attitudes of the local people and their natural friendliness toward everyone, means that local residents invariably stop to gove a parked vehicle the opportunity of backing out of a parking place even if the driver of the passing vehicle doesn't want the parking space for himself.
The community spirit here has a long history beginning with the activities of local men and women who were in the forefront of American history. Such people include a signer of the Declaration of Independence and a signer of the U.S. Constitution. The recently restored Chowan County Courthouse is a national historic landmark, dating back to 1767 and so is the oldest continuously operated government building in North Carolina.
Edenton today is the county seat of Chowan County. It is the smallest county in the state, having only 181 square miles of territory and a population of only 15,000 people. Edenton, itself, has a population of 5,000. The major industry in Chowan County is agriculture with lumber, cotton and peanuts being the primary crops followed by soybeans, sweet potatoes, and corn. Edenton is no longer a commercial port, but pleasure boating is a substantial "industry" here with three marinas and two recreational boat builders. There is a waterfront condominium along one marina and many of the residents in Edenton are boaters or sport fishermen.
Population: Edenton - 5,000, Chowan County - 15,000
Location: NE quadrant of North Carolina; about 135 miles northeast of the state capitol of Raleigh, NC.; about 80 miles southwest of Norfolk, VA.; about 140 miles south southeast of Richmond, VA.
Average housing cost: $80,000 for older homes not in the historic district of downtown; $450,000 for historic homes in town; and $300,000 in new waterfront or country club developments.
Sales tax: 6.5% except prescription drugs and a few other things
Estate tax: None Property tax: $1.085 per $1000 of assessed value in Edenton but $0.73 per $100 in the county. Homes are assessed at %85 of market value.
Highway access: US route 64 and State route 17 run from the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area of NC through Edenton to Norfolk, VA.. State rout 32 goes out of Edenton north to Hampton Roads and Norfolk, VA.
Health: Chowan Hospital is owned by the East North Carolina University Health System and has 111 beds. Emergency helicopter service is available for high speed transport for specialized medical treatment elsewhere. There is one nursing home having 160 beds.
Visitor lodging: There are a half-a-dozen small motels and hotels as well as a half-a-dozen bed-and-breakfast inns.
Information: Edenton-Chowan Chamber of Commerce, 116 E. King St. Edenton, NC 27932 (252)482-3400, (800)755-0111 or www.co.chowan.nrus/commerce.htm or www.edenton.com.
Estate tax: None
Property tax: $1.085 per $1000 of assessed value in Edenton but $0.73 per $100 in the county. Homes are assessed at %85 of market value.