Plymouth and Washington County, North Carolina, are entwined with the beginnings of American history. The area surrounding the Albemarle Sound was the birthplace of North Carolina. Plymouth began as a 17th-century trading post on the Roanoke River, which empties into the sound. When the nearby Dismal Swamp Canal opened in 1805, Plymouth was linked to the deepwater harbor of Norfolk, Virginia, and quickly grew into one of North Carolina’s busiest ports. With the outbreak of the Civil War in 1861, young men from Washington County enlisted in both the Union and Confederate armies, and Plymouth was the scene of fierce fighting throughout the conflict. Today, Plymouth and Washington County attract visitors eager to enjoy boating, bass fishing, and bird-watching in an unspoiled coastal wilderness; visit Civil War sites; or absorb the fascinating maritime history.
Author Bio: Author and award-winning journalist Willie Drye is a contributing editor for National Geographic News. He is a sixth-generation North Carolinian, a US Army veteran, and a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. For Plymouth and Washington County, Drye collected photographs from the North Carolina State Archives and other public and private sources to tell the colorful story of this historic maritime community. The book features many images that have never been published.
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