Bill Leslie's Carolina Conversations

Discovering North Carolina

Posted October 1, 2007 8:28 a.m. EDT

Discovering North Carolina - one county at a time!

Today we begin a once a week feature on Carolina Conversations. We'll focus on one North Carolina county highlighting interesting historical, environmental and geographical features.

First stop: Perquimans County. Just in case you're wondering, this is how you pronounce it:  purr-KWIH-muns.

I picked this county first because, quite frankly, I don't know a lot about it. I have traveled through this northeast county only a few times that I can recall. I have flown over Perquimans several times in my Sky Five journeys to the coast as an environmental reporter.

Here are a few of things I've learned about Perquimans County. The official motto is: "Southern Hospitality in a Waterfront Setting." It's one of our older counties at around 400 years. And it is the home of a unique colonial era boat called the periauger.

Today's questons : What else should people know about Perquimans County?

Does anyone know how the county got its name?