Historic Port of Washington celebrates 2 years

Published 6:22 pm Tuesday, December 13, 2016

From Historic Port of Washington

What connection did the father of John Wilkes Booth have to the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse and the customs collector of Washington? Why, in June 12, 1855, did the captain of the Fowle schooner “Friends” run her aground on Hatteras Island, the result being a total loss of the ship and most of its cargo? If you were to visit the Historic Port of Washington Museum at 132 S. Market St. in Washington, you could find the answers to these questions and more.

The museum has been in operation for almost two years. It contains several exhibits sharing the history of Washington and Beaufort County, focused primarily on the maritime heritage of the area. One of the current exhibits centers on life in Washington at the turn of the 20th century. Recently, artifacts related to that time from the estate of a Fowle family descendent have been made available for viewing at the museum. You may also view the 10-foot mural depicting the Washington waterfront from circa 1900.

If you are interested in helping to preserve the history of Washington and Beaufort County, the museum is currently seeking financial donations. To make a contribution, please visit the museum website at www.hpow.org/contribute or www.facebook.com/historicportofwashington.

The museum is open on Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. or during special events downtown.