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The Columns - Chowan College

Located in the old Albemarle region of North Carolina, between the Roanoke and Chowan Rivers, Murfreesboro and the surrounding Hertford County area was first visited by John White of Roanoke Island in the 16th century and by an expedition from Jamestown, Virginia in the 17th century. During this era, the principal inhabitants were several Indian tribes such as the Nottoways, Meherrins, and the Chowanokes.

Colonial riverport villages like Murfreesboro and Winton were linked by the Chowan Rivers and its tributaries with the Albemarle Sound. Local trade routes were established between the other river and sound communities of the coastal regions of NC, the southeastern interior of the Virginia colony, and New England.

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