A tiny Pasquotank County village could well be called the Mother of North Carolina. Nixonton, on the shores of Little River, has dropped from one of the Old North State's pace setters to a miniature agrarian community. In the early 1800s, Nixonton was the center of a flourishing trade industry with the West Indies. North Carolina's freedom of assembly began near the small settlement as well. Nixonton also housed the first community schoolhouse in North Carolina.