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Living in Hertford, NC

Hertford, North Carolina, is an historic town on North Carolina's Inner Banks region. It is adjacent to the Perquimans River and the Albemarle Sound. One of the oldest towns in the state, Hertford has a community-friendly locale that is quietly dignified, yet welcoming and warm.

Jim 'Catfish' Hunter Hertford is home to one of professional baseball's most well-known pitchers - Jimmy 'Catfish' Hunter. Kids and adults alike enjoy the Jim 'Catfish' Hunter Athletic Fields in Hertford which is also home to the Jimmy 'Catfish' Hunter Museum. The National Baseball Hall of Famer died in 1999 from complications from ALS at the age of 53. in Hertford, NC

Distinguished Past

Once home to the Algonquin Indians before receiving a town charter in 1758, Hertford, NC, is now the administrative center of Perquimans County. Many of the town's buildings have made it to the National Register of Historic Places, like the Perquimans County Courthouse, the Hertford Historic District, the Newbold-White House and the Samuel Nixon House.

Hertford is also the hometown of baseball pitcher "Catfish" Hunter, who played for the Oakland Athletics and the New York Yankees. The Perquimans County Chamber of Commerce building in downtown Hertford houses a museum dedicated to his life.

Downtown Historic Hertford Hertford's Historic Downtown district includes Woodard's Pharmacy where customers enjoy an old-fashioned Soda Fountain in the back of the store. Customer favorites include hand-squeezed orange-ades, lemonades, limeades, and hand-dipped ice cream cones for 80 cents! in Hertford, NC

Things to Do

Hertford, North Carolina, hosts many festivals, such as the annual Indian summer festival and events like the market at Missing Mill Park, a weekly farmers' market. The town also hosts an annual historic homes tour and a true Southern garden party. The Summer Breeze Concert is a great event happening at the Newbold-White House annually. Another tradition, a big "pig-picking" outdoor party serving pig roast, is a favorite event of the historic Perquimans County Courthouse.

Hertford, NC, has a unique mix of local cafes, fast-food shops, barbecue stops, and seafood joints. Its well-preserved downtown area has many antique stores and friendly community businesses, making it attractive to people seeking homes for sale in Hertford.

Other outdoor venues for locals in the Hertford neighborhood include walking and cycling trails, as well as tennis and basketball courts. For fishing and boating, the Albermarle Sound is easily accessible.

Layden's Country store hertford nc

Housing in Hertford

Hertford, NC, is a quiet little community that exudes traditional Southern hospitality. Its colonial connections to London are evident in its classic Victorian-style homes and some of its street names, such as Hyde Park and Covent Garden. Hertford real estate also includes many commercial properties and homes surrounded by tree-lined streets and waterfront parks.

The Periauger near Hertford's S Bridge: The Periauger is a handmade wooden boat replica of the river boats used in commercial traffic many years ago in Hertford. The boat is used now to teach others (especially children) how trade was transported years ago on the Perquimans River. Miss Periauger, as she is called, is based at the Newbold-White House, a Quaker homestead replica in Hertford and operated by the Perquimans County Restoration Association. In the background in the historic S-Bridge in Hertford.

Transportation and Travel in Hertford

Living in Hertford, North Carolina, puts residents within 15 miles of Edenton and Elizabeth City via U.S. Highway 17. The business route of U.S. 17 connects Hertford to Winfall and goes over the Perquimans River through the S-Bridge, America's only "S"-shaped swing bridge. The Greyhound bus line and Inter-County Public Transportation Authority run local public buses to Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Perquimans, and Pasquotank counties.


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  • Festivals are a way of life in Hertford. The Indian Summer Festival features a beer and wine garden, live entertainment, a car show, and a kid zone. Other special events include the Summer Breeze Concert and a pig roast.
  • The well-preserved downtown area has plenty of independent shops, cafes, barbecue joints, and seafood restaurants.
  • For the outdoor enthusiast, the Albemarle Sound is easily accessible. Fishing and boating are both permitted.


Hertford Real Estate at a Glance

  • 24 Homes Sold*
  • 123 Avg. Days on Market*
  • $449,000 Median Price*

*over last 3 months

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