In the late 16th century, intrepid fortune-hunters sailed up the beautiful Albemarle Sound, as it turned to the north and became what we now know as the Chowan River. These explorers recognized the meeting point of rich land and natural harbor — present-day Bertie County, North Carolina — as a place of opportunity.

Today, business owners are rediscovering the natural and commercial resources of Bertie County as the ideal site for pursuing their own fortunes. The placid waters and gently rolling shorelines may suggest relaxation, but they’re actually a gateway to a bustling economy that’s at the center of the mid-Atlantic and southeast.

In fact, within 500 miles of Bertie County, you’ll find 101 million consumers. In less than a half-day’s drive, you’ll be at the doorstep of several of the nation’s busiest deep-water ports. Within our boundaries, you’ll find hundreds of thousands of acres of verdant, productive land. And while Bertie County may never seem to be crowded, nearly a quarter-million skilled workers live within an hour of our businesses.

Whether you’re looking for a place to build your business, a friendly community where you can put down roots, an active and affordable retirement setting, or a vacation spot where you can truly relax, explore Bertie County today.