North Carolina-Washington County-November 26

North Carolina People, Places, and Things-November 26

I am the dad to five adult children. As they were growing up I attempted to remind them they were special and to implore them to learn something new. My goal was to do that daily.

In 2016 my goal is to learn something new daily on the people, places, and things that make North Carolina special. Everyday this year I am doing a post on what I have learned new.

Located in Eastern North Carolina Washington County is one of the least populated counties in the state with just over 12,000 residents. It was carved out of Tyrell County in 1799.

Map of Washington County is outlined in red on map below.


The county seat is Plymouth and was named after the Pilgrim colony in Plymouth, Massachusetts. The town of Plymouth was the site of a decisive Confederate victory in April 1864.

One of the last Confederate victories of the Civil War took place in Plymouth. It was in Plymouth that the mighty ironclad ram CSS Albemarle defeated the Union Navy, on it’s way to becoming the most successful ironclad of the Civil War.

Replica of CSS Albemarle is below:


Six months later it was sunk in Plymouth by Union commando raid in what the History Channel titled their 2005 film, “The Most Daring Mission of the Civil War”.

Great link to learn more about that battle.

A popular historical attraction in Washington County is the Somerset Place, a large antebellum plantation that serves as a reunion center for descendants of slaves that worked the farm before the Civil War.

Aerial view of Somerset Place



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