In addition to the beautifully decorated homes, churches and businesses, there is a phenomenon that has appeared in the downtown waterfront park. It began as the inspiration of Edenton resident Vonna O’Neill and has continued and grown over the last two years!

In 2017, O’Neill approached the Edenton-Chowan Chamber of Commerce and the Edenton-Chowan County Tourism Development Authority and presented her vision of creating a “Spirit of Christmas” with lighted, decorated trees at the waterfront park next to the Roanoke River Lighthouse. These two groups embraced her idea and she received additional support from Destination Downtown Edenton, Inc.

In 2017, there were 12 trees — each one having a theme. In 2018, the display grew to 18 beautifully decorated trees, and there promises to be more this year. The Town of Edenton ran the electric cords to each tree, and the Shepard-Pruden Memorial Library provided additional assistance.

The Edenton Tea Party Chapter, NSDAR, decorated a tree in the park, as they have for the last two years. This year the tree was donated to the chapter by Kellogg Supply Company. It is adorned with red, white and blue decorations and has American Flags inserted in the tree that are patriotically blowing in the breeze. The tree this year is dedicated to “Welcome Home Veterans” and has Christmas balls representing the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines.

Chapter members Clara King, Dolores Poole, Sandy Sperry and Beth Taylor were led by Regent Anne Rowe in the decorating process on a cold and windy Dec. 4 morning. The chapter contributed the tree topper, and military and patriotic-colored Christmas decorations to make the tree look extra special.

The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, founded in 1890 and headquartered in Washington, D.C., is a nonprofit, non-political volunteer women’s service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history, and securing America’s future through better education for children.

Since its founding, DAR has admitted more than 1,000,000 members. As one of the most inclusive genealogical societies in the country, NSDAR currently boasts over almost 190,000 members in 3,000 chapters across the United States and internationally.

Any woman 18 years or older — regardless of race, religion, or ethnic background — who can prove lineal descent from a patriot of the American Revolution, is eligible for membership.

Any woman who believes she may be eligible for membership should contact Edenton Tea Party Chapter Registrar Candy Roth, 252-548-2648, or Membership Chairman Beth Taylor, 252-482-3592, for information. You may also go to the chapter website, , or the Facebook page,

{span}Sandra Sperry is NCSDAR State Chairman, The Flag of the USA; NCSDAR Tarheel Patriot, Assistant Editor; Edenton Tea Party Chapter, NSDAR, Parliamentarian; and Edenton Tea Party Chapter, NSDAR, Public Relations Chairman.{/span}