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35.22 N / 76.63 W
Corner of Pennsylvania & Jones Roads
Hours: Tuesday 6:30-8:30 PM
Town Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 338
Vandemere, NC 28587
1370 Pennsylvania Avenue
2010 Population: 254
Vandemere is situated on a point where Vandemere Creek flows into the Bay River. It was incorporated in 1874 and was the county seat from 1872 (when Pamlico County was formed) to 1876.
Many of the descendents of the first colonists in North Carolina are still living in Vandemere today and many of the names live on, both in the names of the people and the places.
In 1699 a treaty was forged between the English Crown and the "Bay River Indians". Early settlers came from England, but there are also reports of French Hugenots and others including Dutch and Flemish.
By the 18th century there are written records of some European habitation in the Vandemere area. Records show that there was a Native American people who lived "at the head of Vandemore's Creek." These early records show various spellings of the name of Vandemere most showing Dutch or Flemish origin.
As early as 1679, there are records showing a "Tho. Vandermoller" being witness to a will, and in 1882 a land grant record that refers to ""Jno. Vandemore."