County was formed in 1799 and named in honor of the nation’s first president.
Colonial, Civil War and maritime history all played key roles in shaping the
county’s legacy. Situated where the Roanoke River flows into the Albemarle Sound in northeast
North Carolina, Washington County is home to approximately 13,300 residents,
and part of a six-county regional population of more than 75,000. North Carolina’s
Outer Banks are a 45-minute drive east, and Raleigh and Norfolk are less than
two hours via U.S. Highway 64 and U.S. Highway 17. There are three incorporated
municipalities in the county: Plymouth (the county seat), Roper and Creswell (click
for community profiles). Water and wildlife are among the county’s most valuable assets. Recreational
and scenic waterways, natural lakes and old growth forests support a rich diversity
of wildlife as well as a thriving outdoor recreation industry. Thanks to these natural
resources and our many historical landmarks, Washington County has become a
popular destination for eco- and heritage tourism.