North Carolina-Gates County-May 4

North Carolina People, Places, and Things-May 4

I am the dad to five adult children. As they were growing up I attempted to remind them they were special and to implore them to learn something new. My goal was to do that daily.

In 2016 my goal is to learn something new daily on the people, places, and things that make North Carolina special.

I have lived in North Carolina since 1971 with the exception of the 6 years I lived eight miles below Charlotte, NC in Rock Hill SC. In that time I think I have been able to travel thru or be in all 100 of North Carolina counties. That usually means I am not surprised when I learn what the county seat is for a North Carolina County. With Gates County I was surprised to learn its county seat is Gatesville. Maybe it is because the other towns in Gates County include Hall, Reynoldson, Haslett, Holly Grove, Hunters Mill, and Mintonsville. I didn’t know that either.

In 1830-1831 the Legislature passed an act, which changed the name of the county seat from Gates Court House to Gatesville. In 1836 the Federal style courthouse was built, which now houses the Gates County Public Library and the Gates County Historical Society.

old gates county courthouse

Gates County depicted below in red sits on the Virginia State line and has the Chowan River running thru it.



Gates County is one of North Carolina least populated counties with only about 12,000 residents. Gates County was formed in 1779 from Chowan, Hertford, and Perquimans counties. It was named in honor of General Horatio Gates, who commanded the American Army at the Battle of Saratoga.

horatio gates

Some of the North Carolina’s earliest Baptist and Methodist churches were founded in Gates County, notably the Middle Swamp Baptist Church in 1806 and the Savages United Methodist Church in 1811.

Geographically, Gates County offers pristine views of the Albemarle Sound to its south and contains a portion of the Great Dismal Swamp Canal.




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