Hyde County

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Hyde County is named for Edward Hyde, who was a governor of colonial North Carolina.


Created:  December 3, 1705

County Seat: 

Bath                   1705 – 1729

Woodstock         1729 – 1790

Jasper’s Creek   1790 – 1792

German-town     1792 – 1820

Lake Landing     1820 – 1836

Swan Quarter     1836 – present


County Courthouse – Swan Quarter 


Location:  23145 Highway 264 / Oyster Creek Road

Built:  2006 – 2007

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Brennan & Associates of Charlotte

Contractor:  A R Chesson Construction Company of Williamston-Edenton


Description:  The building faces north and is a three story red colored brick, concrete and glass structure. The north front has a large projecting center section with large windows on the second and third stories. The first story has arches and a recessed entrance. The roof is hipped. The old courthouse is located on the north side of the building.


Old County Courthouse – Swan Quarter 




Location:  23145 Highway 264 / Oyster Creek Road2

Built:  1854 – 1855

Style:  Federal and Greek Revival

Architect:  B F Smith Fireproof Construction Company

Contractor:  B F Smith Fireproof Construction Company


Description:  The building faces east and is a two story red colored brick structure. Annexes were added in 1878, 1909, 1950 and again in 1962. The architect in 1909 was B F Smith Fireproof Construction Company. The building is now an art gallery.



N – Washington County, Tyrrell County and Dare County

E – Dare County and Atlantic Ocean

S – Atlantic Ocean

W – Beaufort County





County Courthouse













Old County Courthouse

Photos taken 2012