WHAT's in the name

    Contrary to some belief that Elizabeth City is named in honor of Queen Elizabeth or for being the gateway to the Elizabeth River when navigating north up the Intracoastal Waterway, historians say that the city's name was given in honor of Elizabeth "Betsy" Tooley.

​    Betsy Tooley was a proprietress and barmaid at the tavern that she and her husband, Adam Tooley, owned & operated on the waterfront of what is now Water St.  "Betsy Tooley's Tavern" was a stop that all of the sailors & tradesmen looked forward to due to her great hospitality & intoxicating spirits.

    The Tooleys eventually sold the site of the tavern and the surrounding 55 acres to the first city founders.  When the town was incorporated in 1793, it was called Redding, after a prominent farming family in the area.  The Redding name was short lived, as it changed to Elizabethtown within the year, and then changed again to Elizabeth City due to the confusions caused by other area townships boasting the similar name.

    So the legend has it that our great city was named after the prior owner of the land that  Elizabeth City is built on (The Harbor of Hospitality) and now the new waterfront community Tooley Harbor.


    Welcome to Tooley Harbor, an affordable waterfront community in Elizabeth City, NC, known as "The Harbor of Hospitality".  Elizabeth City is located on the Intracoastal Waterway; it serves as a destination for thousands of mariners year after year.  They enjoy the downtown attractions, dining, and entertainment, while having peace of mind given by the protection of the waterfront marinas.  The city has been proudly declared a "Coast Guard City" in May of 2015.  It is the home of one of the largest US Coast Guard Stations.  Many of the servicemen are proud to call Elizabeth City "home," as they do not plan to leave the welcoming small town.  Elizabeth City is also the home of Elizabeth City State University (a constituent institution of The University of North Carolina), Mid-Atlantic Christian University, and the College of the Albemarle.
    Tooley Harbor is a planned waterfront community located on a navigable canal and part of the Pasquotank River.  The community contains 400 planned residences and is to be composed in three phases. The planned amenities include a private boat ramps, marina, canal & river access, and boardwalks. 

    The first phase has 96 home sites consisting of both single family homes & carriage homes.  The carriage homes are thoughtfully designed to appear as large single family homes and will coincide with the architectural details of the surrounding dwellings.  The second phase has 100 home sites and will consist of single family homes.  There will be 18 premium canal front home sites released in this phase.  The third phase will consist of luxury townhouses & condos producing a total of 150 units with both canal front & riverfront available.   


Mariners Landing   

    Mariner's Landing is a section of the Tooley Harbor community.  Mariner's Landing has a total of 54 single family home sites.  Ten of the home sites are canal front and others may include pond frontage or water views.