Pasquotank was formed as early as 1668 as a precinct of Albemarle County. From 1737 to 1757 the courthouse was at Brook Field. In 1758-1765 it was at Belfe's Point, 1765-1785 at Winfield, 1785-1800 at Nixonton, and finally in 1800 moved to Elizabeth City. Elizabeth City was first called Redding, which was established in 1793.