Welcome to Washington County! We are the gateway to the Roanoke
River Delta and Albemarle Sound,. You have chosen a very special
place to visit via the Internet, and after your electronic visit, we
hope to see you in person very soon!
Washington County was formed in 1799 from Tyrrell County, and is
comprised of three principal towns and several smaller rural
communities. The county seat and population center is Plymouth, a
historic river port town located in the northwest corner of the
county on the banks of the Roanoke River. A few miles to the east is
the town of Roper, which is home to the Vernon James Agricultural
Extension Center and Tidewater Research Station. At the end of the
19th and during the early 20th century, Roper was a booming lumber
town, known as a world class supplier of shingles and wood products.
The third and easternmost principle town is Creswell, which has a
long and prosperous agricultural past and is home to Somerset Place
Plantation and Pettigrew State Park.
Other smaller and equally interesting communities dot the county
with names such as “Pea Ridge”, “Skinnersville”, “Wenona” and “Mackeys”.
Of these, Mackeys is perhaps the best known for the Mackeys Ferry
which ran from the small harbor on Kendricks Creek across the
Albemarle Sound for over 200 years. Today, Mackeys is home to a
marina and restaurant which is a popular stop for cruisers of both
the water and land. Come on in and learn more about the fascinating
history and people of Washington County.