First called Forks of the Tar, the city name was changed in 1776 in honor of Gen. George Washington. Because it was America’s first city to be named for Gen. Washington, it is sometimes referred to as “The Original Washington” or “Little Washington” to avoid confusion. "Little" does not, however, describe the amenities here. A large living aquarium, historic homes, antiques galleries, quaint waterfront restaurants, a waterfront park (with swings) and even a sailing school coexist here. The entire Washington waterfront is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The Pamlico River provides a scenic backdrop for a variety of activities including boating, kayaking and fishing. Other outdoor activities include hiking, biking and birdwatching.
The Beaufort County Arts Council hosts a variety of events and exhibits throughout the year, showcasing local artists and performers. The town also hosts several annual festivals and events, including the annual Summer Festival held in June and the Smoke on the Water BBQ Competition in October.
The Waterway Guide Team has gained extensive boating knowledge over the years, and now we are sharing all of the tips, skills and tools we’ve picked up along the way!