• Population (2008): 4,200
  • Started as a major eastern seaport, Plymouth was once known as Brick Landing and Plymouth Landing.
  • Plymouth’s first light station was a light boat floating in the Roanoke river.

Rich in history and surrounded by stunning natural beauty, Plymouth, North Carolina, is the gateway to Washington County. Established in 1787, even before the founding of Washington County itself in 1799, Plymouth has weathered the rise and fall of the maritime and lumber industries, survived at the center of the Civil War, and has embraced the 21st century by welcoming agricultural, industrial, and recreational growth.

Today, visitors can walk along the waterfront and see a community dedicated to preserving its history , celebrating nature’s abundance, coming together as a community, and moving forward to remain competitive in today’s economy. Museums, historic buildings, and antique shops line Water Street, the waterfront plays host to fishing tournaments, parades, and festivals, and, from the shoreline, visitors can see the massive Domtar fluff mill, recently purchased and converted from a thriving Weyerhaeuser paper mill, a symbol of Washington County’s growing economy.


Plymouth is the seat of county government. A majority of county offices and services are located in or near Plymouth, including the Washington County Hospital, the county library, and two of the county’s five schools.

Located just two hours from Raleigh, NC, and Norfolk, VA, and just an hour from East Carolina University in Greenville, NC, and the popular Outer Banks region of, NC, Plymouth, and Washington County, is the ideal place to ‘get away from it all,’ while still remaining at the center of everything.