"To Come By Ferry" Currituck by grandmaR

Currituck Travel Guide: 9 reviews and 20 photos

Currituck is a county in the northeast corner of North Carolina. In addition to the little town of Currituck and Coinjock in Crawford Township, it also includes Moyock in Moyock Township, Knotts Island in Fruitville Township, Corolla on the Outer Banks and Grandy and Jarvisburg in Poplar Branch Township.

Currituck County is older than the United States and, in fact, older than the state of North Carolina. Established in 1668, it was one of the five original ports for North Carolina and one of the original counties. The word "Currituck" in the Algonquian Indian language means "The Land of the Wild Goose."

Currituck County is one of the fastest growing counties in North Carolina (U.S. Census 2002 pop. est. 19,623). The mainland of the County connects the coastline of northeastern North Carolina with a peninsula that is bounded on the west by the North River, on the south by the Albemarle Sound and on the east by the Currituck Sound. Currituck County's northern beach strand separates Currituck Sound from the Atlantic Ocean. The county's beaches attract millions of vacationers each year.

Mainly the town of Currituck is of interest to us because it has the dock for the free North Carolina ferry to Knotts Island. On Rt. 158/168, watch for the the blue and white ferry signs around the town. You're in town when you see the big Texaco and McDonald's service center.


The Currituck County Courthouse and Jail are two of the oldest buildings in North Carolina.

Other historic buildings include:

Currituck Jail In 1776, the Legislature granted permission to build a jail in Currituck County. The Jacobean style jail dates back to 1790. It is the oldest standing jail in North Carolina. It is now the registrar's ofice and is open from 9 to 5 daily, Monday through Friday. No public tours available.


Confederate War Memorial, Courthouse Road, Currituck settlement. (A large Pink Granite disk) It is mounted on a base with a plaque that reads "To Our Confederate Dead 1861- 1865". The Union troops camped on the Courthouse lawn during part of the Civil War and Colonel Henry M. Shaw was in charge of the Eighth Regiment of North Carolina State Troops. He lived at Indiantown in Currituck. The settlement is now called Shawboro and he is buried there. He was one of the signers or the Paper of Secession

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