Beaufort County, NC

County Seat: Washington City

Our County

Founded in 1705, and originally called Pamptecough Precinct, Beaufort county lies in the coastal plains region of North Carolina. It was renamed Beaufort county in 1739, after Henry, Duke of Beaufort, one of North Carolina's Lord Proprietors of the time. The County Board of Commissioners has seven members; the County Manager being Ken Windley. The county is surrounded by Pitt, Craven, Pamlico, Hyde, Martin, and Washington county. Beaufort has seven municipalities, Aurora, Bath, Belhaven, Chocowinity, Pantego, Washington, and Washington Park. The population of Beaufort in 2010 was 47,759.

Our County Seat

Beaufort's County seat is Washington city, the first city in America to be named after George Washington. Washington's city council is made of a board of six members, who hire the city manager; the current city manager is Brian M. Alligood. The mayor is Mac Hodges.


Beaufort has many tourist attractions; some include the North Carolina Maritime Museum, Hungry Town Bike Tours, Goose Creek State Park, and the Pamlico river. Washington has many tourist attractions as well, including skydiving, Festival Park, and East Carolina's school of sailing.