Research Visit to Historic Bertie
The most important part of a research trip is in the advance planning. Pinpointing research goals, knowledge of the hours of research facilities, and making advance appointments may conserve time on site and lessen potential disappointments. Be aware of holiday closings in federal, state and local facilities. In searching for old family cemeteries, be aware of the various hunting seasons. Visit . Click on "Hunting", then scroll to "Season Dates" and click on the first two items.
Climate: Weather is an important consideration to any trip. The climate in Bertie County is generally mild throughout the year. Be prepared, however, for variances in summer temperatures (upward into the nineties) and high humidity as well as severe weather at any time of the year. Visit and/or this page.
Roads and Road Maps: Bertie County has 699 square miles of land and 42 square miles of water. The county is vast. A good "local" map, not just a North Carolina state map is essential, as many county roads are not shown on the state map. A 21" x 27" county road map, simply entitled Bertie County Road Map, can be obtained by calling Bertie County Mapping at (252) 794-53ll or writing them at PO Box 527, Windsor, NC 27983-0527. The fee in nominal. Orders do not have to be pre-paid.
To order a Bertie County detailed road map from the NC Department of Transportation (DOT), check .
Skip over "Order and Download Maps and Publications". Scroll down to "GIS & Mapping Resources". Look for "Information & Mapping". Under this, click on "County Maps". Scroll beyond "Historic Maps" to "Bertie". Click on PDFs # 1. Enhance. Copy map in sections or return to headline, "Information and Mapping" and click on it. Then, click on "Product Distribution" page. Click on "Order Paper Maps" then click on "Online Map Order Form". Print out the form to order either the 18" x 32" or 36" x 60" map. The smaller map is $.50 and the larger map is $2.00. NC residents pay 6.75% sales tax on the maps. (Non-residents pay no sales tax on the maps.)
Returning to "Order and Download Maps and Publications" and "State Transportation Map", click on "download" for digital copy. Look for "Individual Counties in JPG Format" and click on "2008 State Travel Map by County". Then, click on Bertie County. This map provides a quick perspective of major roads in the county. The map can be printed.
As noted on the map, US primary routes in the county are 13 and 17. The state routes are 11, 42, 45, 305 and 308. These roads provide access to Interstates 95 (to the west) and 64 (to the northeast).
Roads in Bertie County are all two-lane and are well maintained. Be aware of possible road/bridge construction, traffic congestion, emergency vehicles, farm equipment, school buses, and possibly deer. Speed limits are strictly enforced.
CELL PHONE COVERAGE
In some areas of the county, cell phone coverage is not good.
MOTORING TO BERTIE COUNTY
Bertie County is within a day’s drive of over half of the country’s population. The northern border of the county, near Powellsville, is approximately 35 miles south of Virginia’s southernmost border and the town of Whaleyville.
Norfolk, VA is approximately 80 miles northeast of Powellsville and 98 miles NE of Windsor. Raleigh is approximately 115 miles west of Windsor and 133 miles west of Powellsville.
Pitt-Greenville Airport and Renting A Car
The nearest commercial airport to Bertie County is Pitt-Greenville Airport, which is about 45 miles from Windsor. USAIR Express offers daily departures and arrivals from Charlotte Douglas International Airport between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. ET. There are no other flights to or from other airports. Charlotte is the hub and is the only connecting point to and from Greenville.
Rental cars are available at the airport. Obtain a routing on State Roads 13/11 from Greenville to Bethel. From there, take 13/64 East to Williamston, then 13/17 to Windsor or Route 13 North to Powellsville and 42 to Colerain or Ahoskie.
Tri-County Airport (Ahoskie ASJ)
For those who have their own plane or have access to someone who does, Tri-County Airport is a public airport (lit and paved) located 9 miles west of the central business district of Ahoskie, on NC Highway 561. No rental cars are available.
Flying Into Raleigh-Durham International Airport And Renting A Car
There are numerous incoming and outgoing flights by major air carriers, seven days a week to and from points throughout the United States. Rental cars are available. Obtain from rental car personnel one of their standard vicinity road maps. Ask for a routing on I-40 to 440 to State Road 64 to Rocky Mount, to Tarboro. It is suggested that for those unfamiliar with the area Route 13/64 be taken from Tarboro to Williamston, and then, Route 13/17 be taken from Williamston to Windsor.
For those familiar with the area, Exit 488 (past the Princeville exit in Tarboro) to the Shiloh Farms Road Exit can be taken, turning right on to North 111. Travel about 14 miles to Oak City, and then take Route 11. This routing goes to Lewiston-Woodville. Branching off of 11 at Lewiston-Woodville is SR 308 that goes to Roxobel and Kelford. Continuing north on 11 will come close to Aulander, then Ahoskie.
Notation There can be major traffic congestion in and around Raleigh, particularly on weekdays, during football season, and when the State Fair is on in October.
Flying Into Norfolk International Airport And Renting A Car
Major air carriers from all over the United States go and come from the Norfolk International Airport on a daily basis. Rental cars are available. Using a standard map provided by rental car personnel, ask for a routing to Suffolk, VA then to Ahoskie, Windsor, etc. There are two possible routings: (1) take Route 13 (Military Highway) from Norfolk International Airport to Ahoskie or Windsor or (2) take I-64 to 264 then to Routes 58/460 and pick up Route 13 east of Suffolk.
WINDSOR-BERTIE COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
The Windsor-Bertie County Chamber of Commerce is located at 102 North York Street in Windsor in the old Freeman Hotel. (This facility is located on the National Register of Historic Properties.) Their mailing address is P. O Box 572, Windsor, NC 27983. They can be contacted by telephone at (252) 794-4277 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Chamber staff can answer many questions and provide directions. A gift shop is on site.
LODGING ACCOMMODATIONS AND DINING FACILITIES
Make plans early. Local events could cause lodging accommodations to be scarce at various times of the year. Check with lodging personnel regarding discounts or specials. Taxes generally NOT included in quoted prices for accommodations.
This listing is not intended to be an exhaustive list nor an endorsement of lodging accommodations or dining facilities.
The Ahoskie Inn is located on Route 561 less than ¼ mile from the junction of 561 and Route 11. Telephone is (252) 332-4165. Call toll free (800-582-3220) for reservations or make them online at http://www.ahoskieinnhotel.com. Sliders lounge and restaurant on site. Microfridge, coffeemaker, hair dryer, HBO, and microwave in all rooms. Rates on Web site.
Jernigan House Bed & Breakfast is located at 209 South Catherine Creek Road. Reservations at 866-294-8212 or (252) 209-5455. WiFi Internet, telephone, TV/VCR/DVD in all guest rooms. Rates and virtual tour are located on the Web site.
The Chief Motel, which is locally owned, is located at 700 Academy Street North. Telephone (252) 332-2138. Newly remodeled. Cable TV, refrigerators and microwaves in all rooms.
The Tomahawk Motel is located at 601 Academy Street. Telephone is (252) 332-3194.
Bojangle’s. 1528 US Highway 13 S.
Burger King. 1101 Memorial Drive East.
Golden Skillet. 1301 Memorial Drive East.
KFC. 1500 Memorial Drive East.
Little Panda. 1438 Memorial Drive East.
McDonald’s Restaurant. 1486 Memorial Drive East.
Mug Shotz Café (Coffee Shop). 118 Main Street East.
O’Conner’s Restaurant. 1501 Memorial Drive East.
Pizza Hut. 405 Peacock Street.
Pizza Inn. Jersey Street.
Popeye’s. 809 Memorial Drive East.
Stoney Creek Diner. 2327 US Highway 13 South.
Subway. 1432 Memorial Drive East.
Wendy’s. 1558 Memorial Drive East.
The Inn at Grays Landing
This bed and breakfast is located at 401 South King Street, one block from the Courthouse and the Lawrence Memorial Library. Toll free telephone number is 877-794-3501 or they can be reached at (252) 794-2255. Email address: email@example.com. Five sleeping chambers with baths, hair dryers, cable television. Rates vary by sleeping chamber. If dinner is desired, let this be known when reservations are made so a menu of choices can be sent. Web site .
The Windsor Motel
This locally owned facility is located at 1523 S. King Street. Operated by the Dozier family, there are 11 rooms. Cable television in all rooms. Some units have microwaves and refrigerators. Telephone: (252) 794-3444.
Bunn’s BBQ. 127 N. King Street. Converted 1938 filling station. Renowned Eastern style BBQ. Vinegar-based sauce. Corn bread. Hours: 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Wednesday and Saturday. A must place to eat.
China King. 108 S. King Street. Full menu of authentic and American style dishes.
Granville Restaurant. 310 W. Granville Street.
Hammerheads Oyster Bar. 117 N. King Street.
Heritage House Restaurant. 1303 S. King Street. (Full menu of Southern cooking.)
Lasca’s Restaurant. 307 West Granville Street.
Lighthouse Café with Cakes. 132 E. Granville Street.
Little Golden Skillet. 103 W. Granville Street.
Spencer’s Snack Bar. 208 W. Granville Street.
Subway. 113 US Highway 13 Bypass.
Located in Martin County 12 miles west of Windsor, Williamston has a variety of places to stay including the Fairfield Inn, the Hampton Inn, the Days Inn, the Econo Lodge and the Holiday Inn. Most of these facilities have a breakfast bar and a full range of amenities. Check Web sites for details and making online reservations.
The Haughton Hall Bed and Breakfast is located at 203 North Haughton Street in Williamston. They have three guest room and a wide variety of amenities. For reservations, call (252) 792-0070. Rates and driving directions are given on http://www.haughtonhallnc.com/.
Williamston has an abundance of places to eat from Italian, Chinese, and Mexican restaurants to those that specialize in Southern cooking. Check with B & B innkeepers or motel staff for suggestions.
One must place to eat is the Sunny Side Oyster Bar, 1102 Washington Street. Specialize in steamed oysters, scallops, shrimp and crab legs. Hours: Monday – Thursday,
5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 5:30 p.m. – until, and Sundays,
5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Try the banana fritters at Cobb’s Corner restaurant located in the Holiday Inn, 101 East Boulevard.
The Holiday Inn Express is located at 840 US HWY 64 W. Reservations: 877-863-4780. Complimentary Breakfast Bar. This historic Washington County community is 26 miles from Windsor.
The Port-o-Plymouth Inn is located at 510 Highway 64 East. Call 800-545-8548 for reservations or book online. Their Web site is http://www.port-oplymouthinn.com. Complimentary breakfast bar. Free high speed Internet.
Restaurants include the Golden Skillet, Roanoke Oyster Bar, Gingerbread Bakery, Plymouth Bakery and Café, Bojangles, Western Steer, McDonald’s Restaurant, Carolina Seafood House, Ram Albemarle Restaurant, and Mama’s Pizza.
Edenton is home to two B & B’s. The Captain’s Quarters Inn is located at 202 West Queen Street. Web site . Eight guess rooms, each with a private bath. All rooms have a telephone, cable TV and wireless Internet connection. Rates and driving directions are on Web site. For reservations, call 800-482-8945.
The Granville Queen Inn at 108 South Granville Street has seven guest chambers. All rooms have private baths, telephones, cable TV and VCR’s. Check Web site at http://www.granvillequeen.com/. Telephone numbers: toll free 866-482-8534 or (252) 482-5296.
Edenton also has a Super 8 and a Hampton Inn. The latter has 61 rooms and is about two miles from the center of Edenton. Check Hampton Inn Edenton Web site. Reservations can be made online. Breakfast included.
Places to eat include Chero’s, The Chicken Grill, Dairy Queen, That Fancy Café, Golden Corral, Mamasita’s, Nixon Restaurant, Pizza and The Waterman’s Grill. Check the Waterman’s Web site at http://watermansgrill.com/index.html for the menu and hours. Located at 427 South Broad Street, this is a must dining facility.
RESEARCH RESOURCES IN OR NEAR BERTIE COUNTY
BERTIE COUNTY COURTHOUSE
Located at 108 Dundee Street. Refer to "Courthouse Research"
Call in advance to make appointment to view membership and Sunday School records that have not been microfilmed or placed in another repository. Re-confirm appointment when in county. Some small churches have no staff and/or records are stored off site in which case arrangements have to be made about the location for viewing the records.
In most instances, funeral homes will make available data from records regarding the funeral arrangements and burial of deceased family members. The material may include vital dates, and/or information that will add to family narratives. Call in advance for an appointment. Several funeral homes in Bertie County are:
Garrett Jones Funeral Home
205 NC 42 West
Ahoskie, NC 27910
Web site: http://www.garrettfh.com
Massey Funeral Home
131 North Commerce Street
Aulander, NC 27805
Reynolds Funeral Home
321 Maple Street North
Ahoskie, NC 27910
Walker Funeral Home
790 US 13 Bypass
Windsor, NC 27983
Web site: http://www.walkerfh.net
HISTORIC HOPE PLANTATION
This restored plantation is located four miles from Windsor off of NC 308 at 132 Hope House Road. The have a comprehensive research library that focuses on the state, region and local area. Collections from 1700 to 1900 are accessible. Exhibit room featuring interpretive exhibits and artifacts from on site archaeological excavations. Gift shop with some genealogical materials. See for more information and hours of operation.
Northampton County Museum
Located at 100 East Jefferson Street in Jackson, the museum is educational and interactive. Rotating exhibits. Permanent exhibit on a 1900 country store with many agricultural implements. The archives contains local newspapers spanning close to 100 years. Gift shop with genealogy books. Call (252) 534-3811 for operating hours. Check
Port O' Plymouth Museum
This top Civil War center is located at 302 East Water Street in Plymouth. They have information on 15,000 Confederate troops and 4,000 Union troops from the April 17-20, 1864 Battle of Plymouth. Hours: Tuesdays – Saturdays, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Telephone: (252) 793-1377. Gift shop with books of Bertie interest. Check .
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