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Gates was formed in 1779 from Chowan, Hertford, and Perquimans counties. Named in honor of General Horatio Gates, commander of the American Army at the Battle of Saratoga, it lies in the northeastern part of North Carolina, bounded by Camden, Chowan, Hertford, Pasquotank, and Perquimans counties, and by the state of Virginia. Located in northeastern North Carolina just south of Suffolk, Virginia, the Nottoway, Meherrin, and Nansemond Indians found this area an ideal place, furnishing them with all the natural resources needed for a good life.
On the east side is the Great Dismal Swamp, one of the largest nature preserves in the country, where bear, deer, turkey, and all kinds of game and fowl flourish. On the west side the Chowan River, proclaimed the world's most beautiful river, Bennetts Creek provides water sport enthusiasts a paradise in which to play. Along these swamps, pocosins, and creeks, the rich farm land is capable of producing large crops of peanuts, corn, soybeans, and cotton.
Whether you like big adventure, or just beautiful sightseeing, boating, golfing, biking, beach combing, or just visiting lighthouses, antique shops, playhouses, museums and galleries, North Carolina is rich with attractions and amusements
One of the most exhilarating beach vaction spots on the East Coast is NC'S Outer Banks. Vacation rentals from Corolla down past Kitty Hawk and Nags Head and all the way to the former pirate stronghold of Ocracoke Island. You have to do this at least once in your lifetime.
If mountains are more your style then the North Carolina Smoky Mountains offer a value family vacation with hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and scenic drives through the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forest. The Blue Ridge Parkway offers many outstanding mountain views and scenic overlooks. You can't go wrong on this one!
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