1584 Captain Arthur Barlow made written
reference to the area that is now Hertford County, NC in his report
to Sir Walter Raleigh concerning the first English attempt to settle
1585 English Colony based on Roanoke Island under the command of
Governor Ralph Lane explored the Chowan River and the area between
Parker's Ferry and Winton which was at that time a province of the
Native American Chawanook, Meherrin and Tuscarora Indian tribes.
1622 A party from the Jamestown settlement explored the Hertford
region in a third attempt to locate survivors of the ill fated July
1584 English settlements of Roanoke Island.
1759 Hertford County named in honor of the Marquis of Hertford,
Francis Seymour Conway, was officially formed from Bertie, Chowan
and Northampton Counties by an act of legislature effective May 1,
The first official court proceedings in the area were held at
Cotton's Ferry. In 1766 Assembly Representative Benjamin Wynn
donated fifty acres for a town to be properly established and it was
briefly called "Wynntown". Shortly following the 1766 incorporation
of the town "Winton" became the county seat of government as it
proudly remains today.
Hertford County is an area steep in diversity and historic
significance rightfully boasting an inordinate number of sons and
daughters who's lives have made lasting and positive impact on our
Welcome to Hertford County!
View of the Historic Meherrin River
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Linda Melin Gamel
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This website was
originated by Kate Gibbons Shue in 1996.
Maintained 1997-1998 by Al Majko.
Maintained 1999 by Elizabeth Ross.
Maintained 2000-2004 by John F. Godwin.
Maintained 2005-2008 by Marianne Cleveland Nichols.
Website Last Updated 13 April 2013
Copyright 2013 Linda Gamel
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