Washington Visitor Center
102 Stewart Parkway
Little Washington, NC 27889
Open Daily: 10 am to 4 pm
P: (252) 946-9168
W: Visit Little Washington

Visit Historic Little Washington

About Historic Washington

Historic Travel Sites

Founded in 1776, the town of Washington, North Carolina, was the first city in America to be named for General George Washington. Because of this, the city is still occasionally referred to as “original Washington.”

Waterfront parks, a lengthy boardwalk and promenade lined with swings offer plenty of opportunities to enjoy a Pamlico River sunset or afternoon stroll. Washington is known for stately homes and lovely gardens that make up its vast historic district, as well as ornate brickwork featured on the vintage commercial buildings on Main Street.

The historic downtown is the heart of the community. With restaurants, galleries, boutiques and antique shops lining both sides of Main and Market Streets, visitors can wander to their heart’s content. Or, drop a kayak or canoe in at the public boat ramp to plunder the waters that we vitally important to this historic port town and all of North Carolina.


North Carolina Estuarium
223 E. Water Street
Phone: 252-948-0000
Open Tuesday-Saturday; 10 am to 4 pm
Web: Visit the Estuarium

Arts of the Pamlico & Turnage Theatre
150 W. Main Street
Phone: 252.946.2504
Web: Art of the Pamlico

Washington Visitor Center
102 Stewart Parkway
Little Washington, NC 27889
Phone: 252-946.-9168
Open Daily: 10 am to 4 pm

Washington Waterfront Underground Railroad Museum
310 W. Main Street
Open Thursday-Saturday; 11 am to 5 pm & Sunday; 2 pm to 5 pm

Lynn Wingate, TMP
Tourism Development Director
Phone: 252-948-9415 ext. 2
Web: Little Washington

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