Nestled amidst rivers and streams in northeastern North Carolina, Perquimans County is at the heart of the historic Albemarle region. Dating to 1668, it was an important colonial settlement and the site of North Carolina's first organized religious service, a Quaker meeting. Yeopim Indians named the area Perquimans, which means "land of beautiful women." Water has always defined the region's way of life. Hertford, the county seat, is as relaxing and inviting as the winding Perquimans River that flows through it. Residents and visitors enjoy the breathtaking views and southern charm of this magical place.