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.

Pocosin Arts Center

Pocosin Arts Center

The Pocosin Arts Center is a relatively new project managed by the North Carolina Arts Council, and is sponsored by a number of charitable organizations and local businesses that generously have dedicated a completely scenic space where local and visiting artists can thrive.