A History of Indian Town, North Carolina

As with many other early towns created in North Carolina, there simply isn't much information currently available regarding the village of Indian Town, first within Currituck County, then because of minor boundary changes it ended up in Camden County.

One can easily find its location on many maps that were produced in the 1790s and well into the late 1800s, but one cannot find much else out about this town. Indian Town was located well up the North River - about halfway up the border between Currituck and Camden County - a tad north of what is now the town of Camden (on the east side of Camden County), and a bit south of the town of Currituck (on the other side of the county from Indian Town).

US Postal records provide us a little insight. Indian Town was granted a Post Office on August 10, 1793 and its first Postmaster was Mr. Thomas P. Williams of Currituck County. On February 1, 1882, the Post Office records indicate that Indian Town was moved to Camden County, and its first Postmaster in that county was Mr. Samuel S. Leary. This PO was in continuous operations until May 15, 1934, when it was closed for good.

Indiantown, NC can still be found on various online map applications, such as MapQuest and Google Maps. If you Google the name, you find links to very little and obscure information, most asserting that Indiantown is "mostly woods and farms" and is about "ten miles east of Elizabeth City."

It was first an Indian Reservation granted to the Weapemeoc Indians (aka Yeopim Indians, aka Yawpim Indians) by the North Carolina legislature in the early 1700s, and the natives slowly moved off the land and sold what they could until there were no more natives living on the land. Those who bought and later inherited the land continued to call the area Indiantown, but there has not been a true "town" in decades.

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