Originally called “The Fork of the Tar”, for the way the Pamlico River splits into the Tar River and Chocowinity Bay, the city was renamed to Washington in 1776 after Gen. George Washington. This was the first city to be named after Gen. Washington and is known as the “Original” Washington.
The town is rich in historical buildings and landmarks–many dating back to colonial times. The city was shelled and burned during the Civil War and there is even a downtown waterfront home that still contains a cannon ball in the front siding.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 6.8 miles, (6.5 miles) of it is land and (0.3 miles) of it is water.
Washington has a population of approximately 10,000 people. Locals enjoy fishing and boating and additional recreational activities on the Pamlico River. Washington is home to many delightful and entertaining festivals throughout the year. Stewart Parkway, on the downtown waterfront, has 36 boat slips with electricity and water available.
Washington is truly a beautiful historic town with a Real Estate market to meet most any need. Exquisite shops and exciting new restaurants line the streets where locals have shopped for many years. The remarkable building architecture reflect the “good ole days”. This city is constantly improving with the development of new and exclusive condominiums that provide superior views and easy access for boaters.
This mid-sized rural town has been called the “Heart of the Inner Banks”. It has a range of historical buildings and landmarks that add to its architectural interest, with some dating back to colonial times. A self-guided Historic Walking Tour allows visitors to explore the neighborhoods. Homes of Victorian design, Arts and Crafts, and traditional early-20th century dwellings stand side-by-side on sidewalks lined with crepe myrtle trees. Condominiums and townhouses have been constructed on the city’s waterfront to bring residents back to the river, the town’s starting place. A Farmer’s and Artisan’s Market is held regularly on the town’s green areas on the waterfront.