Pasquotank County Courthouse - District#1

Pasquotank County Courthouse - District#1

Address: 206 E Main St
Elizabeth City, NC 27909
Phone: 252-331-4600
Fax: 252-331-4600
Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday
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Pasquotank County, in the northeastern part of North Carolina, is one of what might be called North Carolina’s “finger counties,” the narrow and long Currituck, Camden, Pasquotank, Perquimans, and Chowan Counties. These were some of the first settled areas in colonial North Carolina, and all were part of Albemarle County, which was established in 1663. Their long thin shape comes from their being centered on various rivers running into Albemarle Sound. Pasquotank County was centered around the Pasquotank River, but in 1777, Camden County was formed out of that part of Pasquotank County northeast of the Pasquotank River, while present-day Pasquotank County—all 226.84 square miles and 35,000 people—remains those lands south of the Pasquotank River running to the north bank of the Little River.

Aside from its history, some interesting parts of Pasquotank County's folklore is based on its location along rivers. Along the Pasquotank River, just above the central part of Elizabeth City, is the Brick House. The story is told that the house was used by by Edward Teach, better known as the pirate Blackbeard, as one of his headquarters. According to legend, the basement was used by the pirate as a dungeon for prisoners taken during sea raids. A secret tunnel, now closed, led from the basement to the adjacent river. Through this passage, Blackbeard is alleged to have escaped to his awaiting ship. It is almost impossible for the tale to be true. The house dates from the 1750s, and Blackbeard died in 1718. However, there is a slab of granite sunk near the house's steps that is dated 1709 and bears the initials E.T.

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