This Northeastern North Carolina county - surrounded by the Pamlico Sound, the Alligator and Pungo Rivers, home to North Carolina's largest natural lake --Lake Mattamuskeet--, and bisected by the Intracoastal Waterway - is known as "the land of many waters". Ocracoke Island, once home to the pirate Blackbeard and now a tourist Mecca, is accessible only by air or water.
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.