Photo courtesy of Flo Daniels
35.03N / 76.70 W
Town Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 472
Oriental, NC 28571
809 Broad Street
Estimated 2010 Population:
The Fishing Village of Oriental is nestled amid five creeks along the Neuse River and connected to the Intracoastal Waterway via a 10-foot deep channel. Halfway between New York and Florida, Oriental has become a favorite stopping place for north and south bound cruisers as they travel the ICW.
Once called Smiths Creek and settled in 1870, residents wanted to establish a post office when they found the town first needed an official name. One resident recalled seeing the nameplate from the steamship "Oriental" at a friend’s house in Manteo; the steamer had wrecked off the coast of Cape Hatteras in 1862 while under the commission of the Union army. The Town of Oriental was officially incorporated in 1899.
Today, with more power and sailboats in residence than people, it has earned its reputation as being "The Sailing Capitol of North Carolina." In addition to power and sail boats, those who prefer paddling either a kayak or canoe will find an excellent place to launch. Outfitters can be found near the town dock on Hodges street.
Still a quaint village, Oriental has attracted not only boaters, but artisans, writers, and philosophers. The varied interests and activities of Oriental residents provide a rich cultural environment for residents and visitors alike. Several shops and galleries displaying the work of Pamlico County artists and artisans are found in the village.
Small boats may be launched at the wildlife ramp and a launching ramp for kayaks and canoes has been provided near the bridge.