Currituck County, North Carolina
         
   

   

Year Established

County Seat

Population (2010)

1668

Currituck

23,547

First Settled

First Settled By

Significance of County Name

1650s

Virginians

Indian word for wild geese, Coratank

Other Significant Towns

Barco

Bertha

Coinjock

Corolla

Harbinger

Jarvisburg

Mamie

Moyock

Point Harbor

Powells Point

Sligo

Snowden
Click Here - To see how Currituck County evolved each decade - includes all the known towns and villages.
Click Here - To see the known battles/skirmishes in Currituck County during the American Revolution.

A History of Currituck County

By October 1668 Chowan, Currituck, Pasquotank, and Perquimans precincts had been formed in Albemarle County. In 1839, Albemarle County as a unit of government ceased to exist. 

Click Here to go to the official Currituck County government website.


Currituck Precinct, established in 1668, was one of the original precincts and also just one of five original ports in North Carolina.

For some strange reason (apparently lost to history), the Lords Proprietors decided to rename all four of the original precincts within Albemarle County around the year 1680. Currituck Precinct was renamed to Carteret Precinct (not to be confused with the later creation of Carteret County in a different location). However, the citizens objected and the new name was never really accepted nor used by many other than those in official capacities. By the mid-1680s, the name was changed back to the original name - Currituck - which has remained ever since.

Click Here to see the approximate boundaries of the short-lived Carteret Precinct.

On March 8, 1738/9, all precincts were renamed as counties.

Corolla and Currituck Beach Lighthouse are across the Currituck Sound, east of the mainland. Currituck Sound is shallow, 35 miles long and varies from four to 15 miles wide.


Currituck Beach Light House - Corolla, North Carolina - 2016

In the early 1700s, Currituck County's original court house was constructed. This building was replaced in 1842 and is still in use today. A jail was built in 1776, and together with the court house these are two of the oldest buildings in North Carolina.

Click Here to learn about all of the known officers and men who served in the Currituck County Regiment of Militia during the American Revolution. All names in "blue/underscore" can be clicked on for additional information.

The Albemarle Chesapeake Waterway, which opened in 1859 and became part of the Intracoastal Waterway from Maine to Florida, is today used by both commercial watermen and pleasure-boaters. Coinjock, on its banks near the center of the county, is a very popular stopover for the snowbirds - power cruisers and sailboats heading south.

By the late 1800s, Currituck, an Indian name for Land of the Wild Goose, was known as the premiere duck hunting region of the East Coast. Wealthy visitors discovered the enormous numbers of ducks and geese wintering on the sound. Sportsmen from all over the United States came to hunt, either in guided parties or as members or guests of the many hunt clubs - including the legendary Whalehead Club.



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