Hertford and 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
is the oldest house in the state open to the public. George Fox,
founder of the Society of Friends preached around these parts in
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