The town of Saluda, North Carolina, is home to the steepest standard-gauge mainline railway grade in the United States, with a gradient of 4.7%.
Pasquotank County, located in northeastern North Carolina, has a rich and diverse history that dates back centuries. The area was first inhabited by Native American tribes, including the Pasquotank and the Weapemeoc tribes. In the late 16th century, English explorers and colonizers began to settle in the area. The county is also known for being a strategic location during the American Revolutionary War.

It was officially established in 1668 as part of Albemarle County and became a separate county in 1738. Pasquotank County played a notable role in the development of the colony, particularly in the fields of agriculture and trade. The county's fertile lands allowed for the cultivation of tobacco, corn, cotton, and other crops, contributing to its economic prosperity.

During the American Revolutionary War, Pasquotank County saw significant military action. British troops occupied nearby Norfolk, Virginia, and Pasquotank County became a vital supply route for American forces. The county was also home to patriot militia units, and several skirmishes and battles were fought in the area.

In the decades following the war, Pasquotank County continued to grow and develop. The county's port, located along the Pasquotank River, facilitated trade and transportation, leading to increased economic opportunities for its residents. Today, Pasquotank County is a thriving community with a bustling downtown, historical landmarks, and a strong agricultural presence. The county's rich history is celebrated through various museums, festivals, and events that showcase its cultural heritage and contributions to the development of North Carolina.

This timeline provides a glimpse into the major events and milestones that have shaped the history of Pasquotank County, North Carolina.

  • 1668 - Pasquotank County is established as a precinct of Albemarle County.
  • 1738 - The town of Elizabeth City is established within Pasquotank County.
  • 1774 - Pasquotank County residents participate in the American Revolutionary War.
  • 1799 - Pasquotank County Courthouse is constructed.
  • 1826 - The Dismal Swamp Canal is completed, providing an important transportation route.
  • 1840 - Pasquotank County's population reaches over 10,000 residents.
  • 1861-1865 - Many Pasquotank County residents serve in the Confederate Army during the Civil War.
  • 1901 - Electrical power is introduced to Elizabeth City.
  • 1920 - The potato industry becomes significant in Pasquotank County.
  • 1953 - The Great Dismal Swamp Wildlife Refuge is established within the county.
  • 1981 - The Pasquotank River Bridge is completed, connecting Pasquotank County with Camden County.
  • 2000 - Pasquotank County's population is over 34,000 residents.