Perquimans County have attracted many people with its scenic, recreational
waterways, its history, and great fishing & hunting.
Hertford is the
quintessential sleepy river town steeped in history. Beautiful Victorian and
Georgian homes line a winding narrow road that follows the riverbank. Cypress
trees draped in Spanish moss stand tall in the brown waters. The town is on the National Register of Historic Places, and features the only "S" shaped bridge in the country. Life here has a
decidedly relaxed pace. Perhaps age that has something to do with it -this is
the heart of the ancient Albemarle region.
Hertford is one of the earliest permanent settlements in North Carolina,
dating back to the late 1600s, and the countryside around the town pulses with
history. The nearby Newbold-White House is the oldest house in the state open to the public. George Fox, founder of the Society of Friends preached
around these parts in 1672.
Hertford was the home of Baseball Hall of Fame great, Jim "Catfish" Hunter and
there is a monument in his honor on the Court House green. The town also boasts
of one of only five monuments in the country to honor the African-American
soldiers who fought for the Union. Outside the town explore the three rural
National Register Historic Districts of Winfall, Old Neck and Belvidere.
In 2000, Hertford began participation in the North Carolina Main Street Program, which provides resources for downtown revitalization through historic preservation. Hertford Mainstreet Program offices are co-located in the town's Visitor Center.
Location: 118 W. Market Street, Hertford, NC 27944, 252.426.5657
Hours: Monday - Friday, 9 AM - 4 PM. saturday and Sunday by appointment.