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
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.