Swan Quarter, North Carolina
Swan Quarter is an unincorporated village
Unincorporated area
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 in and the county seat
County seat
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 of Hyde County
Hyde County, North Carolina
-National protected areas:* Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge * Cape Hatteras National Seashore * Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge* Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge * Swanquarter National Wildlife Refuge-Demographics:...

, North Carolina
North Carolina
North Carolina is a state located in the southeastern United States. The state borders South Carolina and Georgia to the south, Tennessee to the west and Virginia to the north. North Carolina contains 100 counties. Its capital is Raleigh, and its largest city is Charlotte...

, United States
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The latitude of Swan Quarter is 35.405N. The longitude is -76.331W. Elevation is 0 foot (0 m). Swanquarter is located in North Carolina's Inner Banks
Inner Banks
The Inner Banks is a term used by some to describe the inland coastal region of eastern North Carolina, an area on the East Coast of the United States that is 22,227 square-miles by its broadest definition...

 region. Swan Quarter is located on Swanquarter Bay, an inlet of Pamlico Sound.


In the 18th century, Samuel Swann settled along the Pamlico Sound near the head of Swan Bay. Swann's Quarter was the first name given to this settlement. Eventually shortened to Swan Quarter, it became the county seat in 1836.


A 50-car ferry connects Swan Quarter in Hyde County on the mainland with Ocracoke Island, crossing Pamlico Sound in two and a half hours.

Wildlife and preservation

Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge
Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge
The Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge is a federally protected wildlife refuge located within Hyde County, North Carolina, USA. North Carolina's largest natural lake, Lake Mattamuskeet, is located entirely within the National Wildlife Refuge. The refuge has a total area of 50,173.93 acres...

 is located 9 miles (14.5 km) east of Swan Quarter, NC by U.S. Route 264
U.S. Route 264
U.S. Route 264 is an east–west United States highway that runs for from Raleigh to Manns Harbor, entirely in the U.S. state of North Carolina.-Route description:...

 and North Carolina Highway 94
North Carolina Highway 94
North Carolina Highway 94 is a north–south North Carolina highway running for approximately from southern Chowan County to Swan Quarter in Hyde County.-Route description:...

in Hyde County. It provides habitat for migratory waterfowl and other birds, for endangered species such as bald eagles, peregrine falcons, and American alligators. It also provides wildlife-related recreation and environmental education for the public on its 50180 acres (203.1 km²) of land.

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