The town of Washington was founded before the Revolution. It was a battleground during the Civil War and, before that, the Tuscoara War. It thrived as a deepwater port on the Pamlico River until river traffic was replaced by railroads, then fell into a long slumber.
The town was too poor to rebuild its old houses and commercial buildings. Like an insect in amber, those old buildings weathered their long neglect and are now being renovated. It’s a town that reflects what’s best about the South.