at a glance:
- Major Cities: Camden, Elizabeth City, Hertford
- Landmarks/National Monuments/Parks: Roanoke River Lighthouse and Maritime Museum, Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge, Dismal Swamp Canal Visitor Center, Mackay Island National Wildlife Refuge, Medoc Mountain State Park, Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge, Somerset Place State Historic Site, Museum of the Albemarle
- Major Industry: Textile Manufacturing, Auto Parts Manufacturing, Construction
- Counties: Currituck, Camden, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Chowan, Gates, Bertie, Halifax, Hertford, Martin, Washington, Tyrrell
Albemarle Sound, NC
Separated from the Atlantic Ocean by the Outer Banks, Albemarle real estate is an outdoor lover’s paradise. With over 500 miles of shoreline, the Albemarle Sound is connected to the Chesapeake Bay by Dismal Swamp Canal and is a vital part of the Intracoastal Waterway. Several rivers flow into the Sound, a large and tide-less estuary. These include the Pasquotank and the Perquimans.
Situated on the banks of the Pasquotank River is Elizabeth City, with a modest—but growing—population of 37,000. Alternately known as the “Harbor of Hospitality” and the “Gateway to the Outer Banks,” Elizabeth City was recently ranked by Coastal Living as one of the best places to live on the coast and is a great place to buy Albemarle property. A large part of the city’s appeal is its location, just 45 miles from Hampton Roads, VA and 110 miles from I-95.
Elizabeth City’s recently revitalized waterfront is home to the Museum of the Albemarle, which offers Hands on History presentations of over 400 years of the region’s past. Warm weather brings the city’s annual Tar Wheel Century bike ride, a Wild West rodeo, and a number of outdoor music festivals. Historians will enjoy Elizabeth City’s Historic District walking tours, while wine lovers can take a short trip to the area’s local vineyards for tastings and tours.
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Albemarle real estate and Albemarle property is also available across the Pasquotank River in Camden County. Named for Sir Charles Pratt, the Earl of Camden, Camden County is most widely recognized as the southern terminus of the Dismal Swamp Canal. In 1862, Confederate forces successfully thwarted Union efforts to destroy the canal’s locks in the Battle of South Mills. The canal remains active today, offering boaters a unique view of the Great Dismal Swamp’s natural scenery.
Hertford, which lies on the Perquimans River, is another town with a rich local history. As one of the earliest permanent settlements in North Carolina, Hertford is home to several National Register Historic Districts which feature superb Albemarle real estate. Many of Hertford’s historic attractions are open to the public. The town’s annual Summer Breeze Concert, for example, is held on the lawn of the Newbold-White House, a colonial Quaker home built in 1730. Hertford also hosts a number of fall festivals, as well as the popular Colonial Christmas Celebration. Cycling enthusiasts may want to participate in October’s Fall into Cycling bike tour, which begins at the Dismal Swamp Visitors Center and ends at Hertford’s own Missing Mill Park.
Albemarle real estate offers all the charm of small-town living in a coastal setting. If you’re interested in finding Albemarle real estate or Albemarle homes for sale, then contact any of Long & Foster’s real estate offices in northern North Carolina.