Introduction to Williamston, North Carolina
Williamston, North Carolina, in Martin county, is 24 miles NE of Greenville, North Carolina (center to center) and 86 miles SW of Virginia Beach, Virginia. The town has a population of approximately 5,843.
Originally, a Tuscaroran Indian village existed in this region, and the natives referred to the place as "Squhawky". In the 1750s, a group of English settlers from Bertie County arrived and established a community which they named "Tar Landing". Over the years, it emerged as a major shipping center for pitch, turpentine, tar, and other forest and meat products. Following the creation of Martin County in 1774, this area became the county seat. During the Revolutionary War in 1779, the community was named "Williamston" and was incorporated as a town. It was the first town in the county to receive official incorporation. According to one tradition, the community was named in honor of Colonel William Williams. However, another tradition states that it was named after "Dick" Williams, a poor Irish weaver who was successful in creating a substantial fortune and emerging as one of the most influential men in the area.
Williamston and Nearby Attractions
- Historic Halifax State Historic Site
- East Carolina Village of Yesteryear
- Goose Creek State Park
- Morningstar Nature Refuge
- Greenville Museum of Art
Things To Do In Williamston
Williamston offers easy access to the Roanoke River. The surrounding woodlands provide opportunities for camping, boating, paddling, fishing, wildlife viewing, hunting, and photography. The Roanoke River National Wildlife Refuge and Charles Kuralt Trail, and the Skewarkee Rail Trail are popular destinations in the town. The Bob Martin Eastern Agricultural Center in Williamston hosts frequent equestrian events. East Carolina Village of Yesteryear, which features a schoolhouse, a country store, and a church, also showcases artifacts which reflect life in the region during the 19th and 20th century. Goose Creek State Park, and Pettigrew State Park are other popular parks in the area.
Air transportation is available from the Craven County Regional Airport.
Williamston Higher Education
Williamston is home to the Martin Community College. East Carolina University, Beaufort County Community College, and Pitt Community College are the nearby colleges.