Washington North Carolina
Washington is a good example of how a small town can turn it's densely built, historic central business district into an economic engine. Locally known as little Washington - Washington was the first town to be named after General George Washington in the country. The town was established in the 1770s and named Washington in 1776. Most of the existing downtown was built after a fire destroyed the city in 1900. In 1969 the town built a park and a parking area on the stretch of Pamlico waterfront adjacent to downtown. Almost all of early 19th century commercial buildings built after the fire are still standing. This gives Washington two unbroken blocks of period store fronts on Main and another on Market. Easy to access parking and a uniquely preserved historic streetscape has attracted tourists and locals and allowed a nice collection of small shops and restaurants to survive despite competition from big box stores and strip developments built on the outer edges of town. Bath, the oldest town in North Carolina is 15 miles East of Washington. Williamston, Plymouth and Robersonville are within 30 miles of Washington to the North and Northeast.