This Historic Town Has a Promising Future

Elmwood, circa 1820
Riverside-Winfield House, circa 1886

Snugly nestled along the north shore of the Pamlico River, Washington, NC, is a small town with a storied past. As any local will proudly tell you, Washington, NC – not D.C. – was the first city in the country to be named after George Washington. In fact, some longtime residents still refer to their town as the Original Washington.


Washington is a study in contrasts. Famous for its laidback charm, there is nonetheless an undeniable vitality at its core. Just a few steps from genteel neighborhoods and centuries-old homes, downtown Washington is a hub of activity. The rebirth of the Harbor District has given rise to a slew of new locally owned businesses, from boutiques and art galleries to restaurants and coffee shops.


All of this progress, we are pleased to report, has not robbed Washington of its soul. Its allure – often quaint, occasionally quirky – remains intact. Washington is still home to scenic waterfront views and spacious wraparound porches, tree-lined streets and lamplit boardwalks. Oh, and crab statues. You’ll find them by the dozens all over downtown Washington. Just ask a local.

Interactive Site Map

Getting Here Is Easy

A 20-minute drive from Greenville, Washington is located on US 17, one of the primary coastal routes on the Eastern Seaboard. You can also get to Washington on Highway 264. Once you reach Washington, Moss Landing is easy to find: Our community is just a short walk from the downtown Harbor District.


Chart Your Own Course

Inner Banks experiences delivered right to your inbox.