Ahoskie, located in Hertford County, is NORTH CAROLINA magazine's featured Tar Heel town of the month. The name is Native American in origin, although it is not exactly known from which tribe it derives. The name first appeared in official records in 1722, and the town incorporated in 1893. Ahoskie is home to the Atlantic District Harness Racing Track, the only legally sanctioned harness racing track in the state. Significant revitalization is taking place in the downtown section. Mug Shotz, a cafÃ© and coffee shop, has opened. The historic Garrett Hotel is partially renovated and houses new shops and service businesses. Built in 1906, the historic Gallery Theatre has been completely restored, and three or four shows are performed here each year.