Heading Out by Doug Alvord
"Heading Out Past Pamlico Point Light" by Doug Alvord

The Historic Port of Washington Museum is Washington's only history museum. The doors opened to visitors on 01-March-2015. The museum has welcomed over 700 visitors from all over North Carolina as well as the nation. Your donation will help us keep the doors open.

Did you know?

  • Steamboats from Washington traveled as far west as Tarboro on the Tar River.
  • Washington ranked as the number one shipbuilding center in North Carolina in 1850.
  • In 1891, the annual revenue for the Port of Washington was $4,800,000.

These are just a few of the lesser known facts about Washington we would like to share.

What to do?

Click below to contribute:


Or if you prefer, you can send a check made out to "Historic Port of Washington Project" to:

Historic Port of Washington Project
PO Box 171
Washington, NC 27889

Any amount is welcome, and every little bit helps. Museum is staffed by all volunteers. 100% of proceeds will be used to support keeping the museum open.

The Historic Port of Washington Museum Project operates as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization as an affiliate of Arts of the Pamlico so all contributions are tax deductible. Through generous contribution, we have kept the museum open for the past two years. We do not receive any government funding.

What Are the Benefits?

If you contribute at the $25 or more level will also become members and receive at least a 10% discount on museum merchandise. At each level, contributors will receive:

$25 "Deckhand" - Print of the old historic waterfront (new members only).

$50 “Engineer”  - HPOW tee shirt and free pass to all museum events.

$150 “Pilot” - HPOW tee shirt and 2 free passes to all museum events.

$250 “First Mate” - Matted waterfront print  and 2 annual passes to all museum events plus 2 one-time guest passes and recognition in the HPOW newsletter and on our website.

$500 “Captain” - Framed waterfront print  and 4 annual passes to all museum events, 4 one-time guest passes to museum events, 20% gift shop discount, and recognition in the HPOW newsletter and on our website.

Come Visit

The museum is located at 132 South Market Street in Washington, NC and is open on Saturdays from 9:30 am until 1:30 pm and at other times for special events.