The First Washington

Step onto horseshoe-shaped Pamlico River basin, drop your suitcase or backpack, and drink in the green paradise that many call “Little Washington.” ­

It’s a magical mix of arts and culture, lush forests, pristine coastal waters and endless outdoor possibilities.

Most of Washington’s downtown is a pleasure for drivers, cyclists, pedestrians and beach combers with a main street that bustles past artists’ studios, marinas, shops, and theaters.

Come visit today to experience all its hidden gems and notable stops!

WHDA is a 501(c)3 nonprofit cultivating an economy anchored in local ownership, because local-independent businesses are the cornerstone of our culture, economy, and character.


WHDA’s latest project is our new Harbor District Market in Downtown Washington, NC.

Watch the video for scenes from our exciting grand opening.