About Our Community
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- About North Carolina
- About Hertford County, Bertie County, Northampton County, and Gates County areas
Roanoke-Chowan Community College (R-CCC) is located near Ahoskie, North Carolina, in the St. John’s Township, Hertford County. The College’s service area is comprised of Hertford, Bertie, and Northampton counties, which make up the beautiful Roanoke-Chowan area of north-eastern North Carolina. Hertford County is about one hour from Hampton Roads and coastal Virginia and two hours from the state capitol of Raleigh; and the State’s famous and rugged Outer Banks are just under two hours’ drive. As of the 2010 Census, Hertford County has a population of about 24, 500. Its economics are primarily based in public services, industry, healthcare, farming, and a variety of small businesses. Although the Roanoke-Chowan area is a short-driving distance to Virginia’s shopping malls, cultural arts venues, and beautiful beaches, it is rich with its own unique history, natural resources, cultural arts, plenty of activity for the outdoors person, and it boasts a high growth public school system.
Home of the Meherrin Indian Tribe, the Roanoke-Chowan (R-C) area takes pride in a unique history, much of which is preserved and shared by the Murfreesboro Historical Association in Hertford County. Each R-C county has its own interesting historical anecdotes:
- Inventor of the Gatling Gun, Richard J. Gatling (1818-1903), was born to a farming family in the Como area.
- Hertford County is home to several historical museums, including the Brady C. Jefcoat Museum, which houses hundreds of artifacts representing life in the 19th century.
- Recently, the First Colony Foundation, in conjunction with researchers from the British Museum in London, have begun investigating the theory that individuals of the nation’s First Colony, also known as the Lost Colony, may have relocated in what is now Bertie County. And,
- Northampton County, nationally famous for horse breeding and racing during the 19th century, is home of the Mowfield Plantation where “Sir Archy,” the fastest racehorse of his day, lived for more than twenty years. Most modern American racehorses can be traced by to Sir Archy or his descendants.
Seven public schools make up the Hertford County Public School system, which is experiencing significant growth. In fact, the Early College High School (9 – 13), located on the R-CCC campus, earned the distinction of an Honor School of Excellence with High Growth, and Hertford County High School in Ahoskie earned the status of being a School of Distinction with High Growth. Other system schools include, Bearfield Primary School (PK – 3) in Ahoskie, Ahoskie Elementary School ( grades 4 – 6), Riverview Elementary School (PK – 6) in Murfreesboro, Hertford County Middle School in Murfreesboro, and C.S. Brown Highschool (9-12), located in Winton. Two private schools, Ahoskie Christian School and Ridgecroft School offer PK-12.
Hertford County is the home of two institutions of higher education other than R-CCC. Chowan University is a private four-year institution located in Murfreesboro, and offers the baccalaureate and master’s degree. Shaw University Cape Center, in Ahoskie, offers alternative programs for the non-traditional student to earn an undergraduate degree after having completed at least two years of college.
The Roanoke-Chowan area is abundant in natural resources, More than twenty-two percent of the land is used for farming and about sixty-five percent is covered with lush forest. Agriculture and forest products are important to the Roanoke-Chowan area’s economy, with corn, soybeans, peanuts, cotton, and tobacco farms being the most numerous. Fishing and farming make up about 5% of Hertford County’s labor market, and crop farming is one of the top five growing industries in Bertie County.
Some of the largest manufacturers and employers in Hertford County are Nucor Steel in the community of Cofield; Perdue Farms, located in Murfreesboro, Cofield, and Bertie County; Rivers Correctional Facility in Winton; Berry Plastics Corp. of Ahoskie; Alfiniti Aluminum in Winton, and Metal Tech of Murfreesboro. Industry is an economic force in the County, and with the arrival of new employers, such as Enviva Pellets and Structural Coatings, and the reopening of Alfiniti Aluminum and expansion of Roanoke Electric Cooperative, new jobs and new hope have come to the area.
Hertford County Links of Interest
Things to do a short-driving distance away