Where is Washington?
Washington is located in the heart of the Inner Banks: in Beaufort County, North Carolina, on the beautiful Pamlico Sound. US Route 264, also known as the Pactolus Highway, and NC Route 32 runs roughly east-west through Washington, and US Route 17 runs roughly north-south.
How did it get the name Little Washington?
Founded in 1776, the town of Washington was the first city in America to be named for General George Washington. Because of this, and because of the growing importance of Washington DC, the city soon become known as Little Washington.
Are there antique shops in Washington?
You bet there are. Downtown Washington features numerous antique shops where you can spend the day going treasure hunting. See what downtown has to offer here.
How far away is the beach?
Washington’s a great stopover on the way to the beach. Atlantic Beach is 70 miles away from Washington, about an hour and a half, and Nags Head is 107 miles, or about 2 hours.
Where can I get fresh seafood?
Many of the restaurants in Washington serve fresh seafood and there are a number of seafood markets in the area.
What’s Washington’s Civil War history?
The scars of the Civil War are still visible in Washington NC. Crossing the Pamlico River on Highway 17 look off to the west and you will see the remains of the Union Army’s ship, Picket, jutting from the Tar River where it blew up on September 6th, 1862. Driving down Main St. you will view houses with dates of construction in the 1850’s 60’s and 70s’, testimony to the fact that the town was burnt by Union troops during their evacuation after the fall of Plymouth, NC. Even more startling are the two houses on Water Street which were built in 1780 and 1795. They stood through the fires and barrages of the war, having cannon balls imbedded in their walls, a bequest of the shelling of the town by the Rebel troops located on the southern shore of the Pamlico River.
What are the genealogy resources in Washington?
The John A. Wilkinson Room at Brown Library is great resource for all things related to Washington’s history and the families that shaped it. This is a good starting point for genealogy research in Washington.
Can I rent a boat in Washington?
You can! There are several charters available in the Washington area. Bareboat sailboat charters are available at Carolina Wind Yachting Center in downtown Washington.
Are there any special events in Washington?
We have annual special events happening throughout the year: the East Carolina Wildlife Arts Festival, BoCo Music Festival and Marine Market, Washington Summer Festival, Music in the Streets, Smoke of the Water, 4th of July Celebration, Traditional Holiday Parade. Find out more here.
Where can I buy locally grown produce?
In the spring and summer there is a farmers’ market on the waterfront on Saturdays. There are also several produce markets in town that are open year-round. Petals & Produce and Leggett Farm Organics both offer community supported agriculture programs.