Located in the heart of Eastern North Carolina, Washington is a city marked by its rich industrial heritage and the surrounding beauty of the Pamlico River and the fertile farmlands of Beaufort County. Washington, the county seat and original namesake of President Washington, grew during the 1800s to become one of the prominent shipping ports for lumber and a variety of agricultural produce. With the arrival of the railroads and the following economic hard times of Depression-era America, Washington’s character changed dramatically, forcing many of the local mills and businesses to close. However, today, the city is experiencing a remarkable resurgence of business and opportunity and has again become a significant contributor in the economy of the state. Washington, North Carolina, consisting of over 200 stunning black-and-white photographs and postcards, allows readers a unique opportunity to explore their hometown as never before. As if stepping back in time, readers will experience the Washington of yesteryear, when the masts of commercial ships, like slender church steeples, dominated the waterfront, when the piercing whistles of trains entering and leaving the many lumber mills punctuated the city’s daily activities, and when the sounds of horse-drawn wagons and early automobiles echoed throughout Main and Market Streets. This book also captures scenes of daily life: farmers laboring in the field and also meeting at Brooks Store to swap stories, gossip, and advice; people gathered on Main Street enjoying colorful parades; and children swimming at Whichard’s Beach Campground and Marina in nearby Chocowinity.
About the Author
Local writer and photographer Louis Van Camp has compiled an enchanting visual history, in both word and image, that celebrates the beauty and traditions of this charming city. Washington, North Carolina will surely be a treasure to all readers familiar with this historic city and will provide future generations a rare glimpse into the past of their ancestors.
What People are Saying About This
A Washington resident has compiled what may prove to be the definative pictorial history of his adopted hometown as it appeared during the 20th century. Van Camp, a retired advertising photographer, said the images he discovered sometimes surprised and delighted him, but the large number of photos he uncovered delivered perhaps the biggest surprise. (Johnathon Clayborne, staff writer for the Washington Daily News)