North Carolina-Hertford County-June 4

North Carolina People, Places, and Things-June 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. Everyday this year I am doing a post on what I have learned new.

One of the older counties in North Carolina is Hertford County. It also is one of the smallest counties population wise with just over 24,000 residents. It’s county seat is Winton. The town of Winton was the first North Carolina town to be burned during the Civil War (20 Feb. 1862).

Map of Hertford County is outlined in red below.


Hertford County is located in the northeastern region of North Carolina, bounded on the north by the Virginia state line. The county lies 55 miles southwest of Norfolk, 105 miles southeast of Richmond and 120 miles northeast of the state capitol of Raleigh.

Even though Winton is the county seat most North Carolinians will be more familiar with the towns of Ahoskie and Murfreesboro which are also located in Hertford County.

Ahoskie has a nickname “The Only One” because no other town in the world is known by the same name. The origin of the word Ahoskie, which was originally spelled “Ahotsky,” came from the Wyanoke Indians who entered the Hertford County area at the beginning of European settlement.





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