Sound 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,
- 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
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.
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.
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.