North Carolina-Hyde County-June 11


North Carolina People, Places, and Things-June 11

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.

The second-least populous county in North Carolina is Hyde County with only some 5,000 residents. It also is an original county not having been carved out of some existing county. The county was created in 1705 as Wickham Precinct. It was renamed Hyde Precinct in 1712 and gained county status in 1739. Today’s county seat is Swan Quarter.

Hyde County located on the coast is depicted below in red.



Since its establishment, no county in North Carolina has experienced more boundary shifts than Hyde County. In 1819, a portion of Hyde County, west of the Pungo River, was annexed to Beaufort County. In 1823, Hatteras Island fell under Hyde County’s jurisdiction. Similarly, 1845 witnessed the transfer of Ocracoke Island from Carteret County to Hyde County, elongating the length of the county’s boundary to the southeast.

By 1870, the county’s boundaries were reduced to present day dimensions when its northeastern part was amalgamated with portions of Currituck and Tyrell Counties to form the newly established Dare County.

The county has four national wildlife refuges located in Hyde County (Alligator River, Mattamuskeet, Pocosin Lakes, and Swan Quarter), while part of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore is contained within the county’s boundaries.

Moreover, the county’s shoreline boundaries give access to both the Atlantic Ocean and the Pamlico Sound provide great spots for fishing, boating, and other recreational activities that blend with nature.


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