Historic Washington
Washington Tourism Development Authority
PO Box 1765
138 South Market Street
Washington, NC 27889

FAX 252.948.9416


About the Destination

Founded on the Tar and Pamlico rivers in the 1770's, "Forks of the Tar" would change its name to Washington in 1776, becoming America's first town named after General George Washington. The area's rich history is matched only by its rich natural setting, where abundant recreational and educational activities set the stage for a wonderful overnight or weekend retreat.

Step back in time and enjoy a walking tour through Washington's Historic District that includes 18 antebellum buildings. A self-guided, one-hour tour visiting approximately 36 sites begins and ends at the old Atlantic Coast Line Railroad Depot, one of the largest and best-preserved railroad stations in eastern North Carolina. A 1.9-mile route through part of the Washington Historic district, known as the "Cradle of the City" and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Washington is also home to the North Carolina Estuarium, a state-of-the art facility that tells the story of North Carolina's coastal rivers and sounds.

    Visitor Center Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Friday, 9 AM - 5 PM; Saturday - Sunday, 10 AM - 4 PM

About the Site
  • Visitor center
  • Lodging and dining nearby
  • Picnic facilities
  • Free parking
  • Recreational trails nearby
  • Public restrooms
  • Motorcoach parking
  • Museums/Exhibits nearby
  • Historic structures
  • Handicap Accessibility: Visitor center and site are partially accessible.

    Nearest Major Town/City: Washington, NC

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