Our Heritage

Welcome to the Town of Hertford’s web site. The Town of Hertford was established in 1758 and is North Carolina’s seventh oldest town. The county seat of Perquimans County and located on the beautiful Perquimans River, Hertford is home to a year round population of approximately 2,200 citizens. Hertford operates as a Council-Manager form of government where the Manager is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Town and supervises the employees of the Town. The Town Council is made up of four Commissioners and the Mayor and is responsible for creating the policies of the Town. The Town maintains departments for Fire, Street, Planning, Solid Waste and Recycling, Cemetery, DMV License Plate, and Administration. The Town also provides water, sewer, and electric utilities for its citizens.

Our heritage as a farming community is still evident by the surrounding fields of cotton, corn, and soybeans. The Perquimans River offers sailing, fishing, boating and paddling opportunities enhanced by a powerboat launch as well as several canoe and kayak launches and platforms. The rich wildlife along the black water river lined by cypress trees adorned with Spanish moss makes for a memorable boating experience. Fishing for large mouth bass, perch or rock fish attract fishermen from many areas including Virginia and South Carolina.