Experience Washington's Harbor District historical treasures with this self-guided audio tour. You'll encounter historical sites along the waterfront and downtown and view some of our remarkable turn of the 20th Century commercial buildings. Along the way, you will learn how maritime commerce contributed to Washington's growth as an important trade center for eastern North Carolina.
The tour is approximately 1.5 miles, and takes about 1.5 to 2 hours at a strolling pace.
Watch your step and be careful when crossing our busy downtown streets. Take your time, stroll and enjoy the many shops and restaurants in the Harbor District!
The tour is self-guided, and it's easy to start and follow anywhere along the way. We recommend starting at the St. Peter's churchyard at East Main Street and Bonner Street.
We're confident that you'll enjoy the Harbor District Historical Tour and will want to hear more about Washington's remarkable history! Check out our history exhibit at the Harbor District Market at 140 West Main Street and visit the History Room at Brown Library at 122 Van Norden Street.
About the Tour
Our Historic District is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. In addition, several sites on the tour are also included in the Register.
The people of Washington are very friendly, so feel free to ask questions and engage in conversation with the folks you meet along the way.
Just let them know you're on the Historic District Tour of Washington.
You just might be amazed by some of the stories you'll uncover.
Washington and the Pamlico, edited by Ursula F. Loy and Pauline Worthy, City of Washington Planning and Development Office, Brown Library Local Historical Files, and local historians.