Swan Quarter, North Carolina

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Swan Quarter, North Carolina
Former county courthouse, with the current courthouse at right
Former county courthouse, with the current courthouse at right
Swan Quarter is located in North Carolina
Swan Quarter
Swan Quarter
Swan Quarter is located in the United States
Swan Quarter
Swan Quarter
Coordinates: Coordinates: 35°24′22″N 76°19′44″W / 35.40611°N 76.32889°W / 35.40611; -76.32889
CountryUnited States
StateNorth Carolina
CountyHyde
Area
 • Total3.95 sq mi (10.24 km2)
 • Land3.95 sq mi (10.23 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.01 km2)
Elevation3 ft (0.9 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total275
 • Density69.62/sq mi (26.88/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
27885
Area code252
GNIS feature ID1022864[2]
FIPS code37-66340[3]

Swan Quarter (sometimes named Swanquarter[2]) is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in Hyde County, North Carolina, United States.[4] It is the Hyde county seat. As of the 2010 census it had a population of 324.[3]

Geography[edit]

Swan Quarter is in western Hyde County at latitude 35.405 N and longitude 76.331 W. The elevation is 2 feet (0.61 m) above sea level. It is located on Swanquarter Bay, an inlet of Pamlico Sound.

U.S. Route 264 runs along the northern edge of the community, leading east 69 miles (111 km) to Manteo and west 51 miles (82 km) to Washington.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the Swan Quarter CDP has a total area of 3.9 square miles (10.2 km2), of which 0.004 square miles (0.01 km2), or 0.10%, are water.[3]

Climate[edit]

Climate data for SWANQUARTER FERRY, NC, 1991-2020 normals
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F (°C) 53.1
(11.7)
55.5
(13.1)
61.8
(16.6)
71.1
(21.7)
78.7
(25.9)
86.6
(30.3)
89.5
(31.9)
88.0
(31.1)
82.8
(28.2)
74.2
(23.4)
64.5
(18.1)
56.5
(13.6)
71.9
(22.2)
Daily mean °F (°C) 44.6
(7.0)
45.6
(7.6)
51.9
(11.1)
61.5
(16.4)
70.5
(21.4)
78.4
(25.8)
81.6
(27.6)
80.3
(26.8)
75.0
(23.9)
65.6
(18.7)
54.9
(12.7)
47.8
(8.8)
63.1
(17.3)
Average low °F (°C) 36.1
(2.3)
35.6
(2.0)
41.9
(5.5)
51.9
(11.1)
62.2
(16.8)
70.1
(21.2)
73.7
(23.2)
72.5
(22.5)
67.2
(19.6)
56.9
(13.8)
45.3
(7.4)
39.1
(3.9)
54.4
(12.4)
Average precipitation inches (mm) 4.20
(107)
3.27
(83)
3.58
(91)
4.19
(106)
4.62
(117)
5.10
(130)
4.77
(121)
6.13
(156)
6.31
(160)
3.65
(93)
3.98
(101)
3.61
(92)
53.41
(1,357)
Average precipitation days (≥ 0.01 in) 9.1 8.9 7.7 8.6 8.6 9.5 10.3 10.4 9.1 7.1 7.5 9.3 106.1
Source: NOAA[5][6]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
2020275
U.S. Decennial Census[7]

2020 census[edit]

Swan Quarter racial composition[8]
Race Number Percentage
White (non-Hispanic) 197 71.64%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 55 20.0%
Other/Mixed 6 2.18%
Hispanic or Latino 17 6.18%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 275 people, 164 households, and 153 families residing in the CDP.

2010 census[edit]

The population, at the time of the 2010 census, was 324.

History[edit]

In the 18th century, Samuel Swann settled along 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.

The Hyde County Courthouse and Lake Mattamuskeet Pump Station, also known as Mattamuskeet Lodge, are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[9]

Transportation[edit]

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[edit]

Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge is located 9 miles (14 km) east of Swan Quarter by U.S. Route 264 and North Carolina Highway 94 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 50,180 acres (203.1 km2) of land.

Education[edit]

The local school is Mattamuskeet School of Hyde County Schools.[10]

In the de jure segregation era, the grade school for black students was, by the 1960s, O. A. Peay School, a consolidation of earlier such schools, near Swan Quarter. The high school for black students was Hyde County Training School in Sladesville. The high school for white students was West Hyde School.[11]

Peay's and Hyde County Training School's students held school reunions, though these diminished by 2017.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "ArcGIS REST Services Directory". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 20, 2022.
  2. ^ a b c U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Swanquarter
  3. ^ a b c "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Census Summary File 1 (G001): Swan Quarter CDP, North Carolina". American Factfinder. U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. Retrieved December 22, 2017.
  4. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
  5. ^ "NOWData - NOAA Online Weather Data". National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |url= (help)
  6. ^ "Summary of Monthly Normals 1991-2020". National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Retrieved October 15, 2021.
  7. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  8. ^ "Explore Census Data". data.census.gov. Retrieved 2021-12-20.
  9. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  10. ^ "Home". Mattamuskeet School. Retrieved 2021-04-13. Mattamuskeet Campus 20392 US Highway 264 Swan Quarter, NC 27885
  11. ^ Cecelski, David S. (2000-11-09). Along Freedom Road: Hyde County, North Carolina, and the Fate of Black Schools in the South. University of North Carolina Press. p. 29.
  12. ^ "Preserving history the focus of alumni clubs, reunions". Washington Daily News. 2017-05-11. Retrieved 2018-06-04.

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