Two stories prevail as to how Hyde Countys seat got its name. One legend has it named for the thousands of swan that came to "quarter" in the this little village at the head of Swan Quarter Bay. The second, less romantic story, says it was named after Samuel Swann who settled in the area in the 1700s.

The courthouse in this county seat was build about 1854. It has been remodeled and annexes built several times over the years, but the original bricks are said to have come from England. It is now on the National Register of Historic Places. Across from the courthouse square is a home that once housed a Civil War hospital. Commercial fishing vessels dock at Swan Quarter Landing, bringing in their seafood catches and restocking for their next foray into the Pamlico Sound or Atlantic Ocean.

Visit The "Church Moved by the Hand of God" and learn of the miracle that occurred during a severe storm and flood in 1876.

 

Sound Feet Shoes

Sound Feet Shoes

Sound Feet Shoes is family owned and operated.  Sound Feet has been in the retail shoe business for over 60 years, opening their first store in 1954. They provide the best customer service and are the only Outer Banks’ area full service shoe store since 1987. Now, the family owned business boasts eight stores in the region, including two outlets.  Their shoe specialists can help you find the right fit and comfort for your family’s needs.

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Williamston, Martin County

Williamston, Martin County

Let nature's gifts lift your spirit in Martin County. Cast your line for striped bass in the Roanoke River. Watch horses with precision and grace compete at the Sen. Bob Martin Eastern Agricultural Center. Camp on unique platforms in the tributaries and swamps of the Roanoke River Canoe Trail. Birdwatch in the Roanoke River National Wildlife Refuge. Learn about our heritage and culture at Fort Branch, a Confederate Civil War site, or St. James Place Museum, a restored circa 1910 Primitive Baptist Church. Tour the Asa Biggs House, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Nature's calling you in Martin County.

Plymouth and Washington County

Plymouth and Washington County

The town of Plymouth became the first incorporated town in Washington County in 1787 when Arthur Rhodes divided 100 acres of his Brick House Plantation along the Roanoke River into lots. In its heyday, it was the fifth-largest port in North Carolina and the eight-largest town, and citizens thrived for a time before the Civil War.

Encore Theatre Company

Encore Theatre Company

There's no question that the small southern Elizabeth City is growing in population, prestige, and overall culture, and the Encore Theatre Company is doing a fine and longstanding job of making this transition come to fruition. The company, which recently celebrated its 20 year anniversary, allows professional and amateurs from all across the community shine in a number of noteworthy productions. From thought provoking dramas to lighthearted and family-friendly musicals, the Encore Theatre Company allows everyone in Elizabeth City to enjoy an occasional night out at the theater.