Hyde County





Region: Coastal Plain
County Seat: Swan Quarter
Population: 5,8261
Towns & Cities:  Engelhard, Fairfield, Ocracoke, Ponzer
Hyde County was first called Wickham County, the name being changed about 1712. It is in the eastern section of the State and is bounded by the Pamlico Sound and Beaufort, Washington, Tyrrell and Dare counties. Dare and Carteret counties are also a short boat ride away by the banks by the Atlantic Ocean.2

Additional County History

This Northeastern North Carolina county is surrounded by the Pamlico Sound, the Alligator and Pungo Rivers, and is bisected by the Intracoastal Waterway. Known as "the land of many waters", Hyde County is also home to North Carolina's largest natural lake, Lake Mattamuskeet. Ocracoke Island, once home to the pirate Blackbeard and now a tourist Mecca, is accessible only by air or water.3

Education (1)
Government & Community Bodies (2)
Historical Sites & Museums (1)
Recreation (2)
Shopping (1)



1 Population figures from Census Bureau Home Page for the 2000 Census.
2 Facts gathered from State Library of North Carolina.
3 Factes Gathered from Hyde County, NC


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