Pamlico Plantation….One of NC’s Best Kept Secrets
In what must have been the late 1970s, I was invited to the eastern shore of Broad Creek, near Washington, NC, to view the beginnings of a quite unique residential subdivision known as Pamlico Plantation. Being a business owner on Broad Creek, I had heard rumblings of this development for some time and over the years have enjoyed seeing this area evolve into what I feel is one of the best kept secrets on the east coast.
Pamlico Plantation was developed by Weyerhaeuser Company on Broad Creek, which is about 6 miles east of Washington, NC. The most unique aspect of this subdivision was that it was planned around a robust, 200+ slip marina, which was to be held as common property with every residential property owner enjoying the use of an assigned boat slip. This arrangement continues to this day, with the residents enjoying the marina, a club house, swimming pool, tennis courts and a boat ramp for a very modest HOA fee (approx. $80/month for a single family home or building lot).
Over the years, residents in our area have found North Carolina a wonderful place to live, retire or vacation. We are blessed with 4 distinctive seasons, while avoiding the long-term, frigid cold of the north or the seemingly endless oppressive heat of the south. Pamlico Plantation literature indicates the average summer and winter temperatures to be 78 and 45 degrees, respectively. We find that our average yearly snowfall of 1-2 inches is a real crowd pleaser. Many people love to see a little of the white stuff, as long as there is not a shovel involved.
Our temperate climate also offers the opportunity for a comfortable daysail or boating trip on a warm afternoon in most any month of the year. The Pamlico River offers both anchorages for short overnight trips or can be the launching point for one’s worldly excursions. Quite a few Pamlico Plantation residents have enjoyed extended boating trips while leaving their homes to the safety of this close-knit, gated community. For more information on the Pamlico River, go to Washington….on the Pamlico.
If you are worried about the maintenance at Pamlico Plantation, fugetaboutit!! You’ll notice the freshly paved streets as you are driving in on the beautiful tree-lined entrance. Close inspection will reveal that every stringer, every riser, every brace, every deck board, every railing and every bolt has been replaced in the entire marina in the last 2 years. That’s a lot of “everys.” And the financials of Pamlico Plantation are just as solid as the concrete on the revamped launch ramp.
Probably the most impressive aspect of Pamlico Plantation lies in the hearts of the residents. All accounts are that they genuinely enjoy each other’s company and community get-togethers are the order of the day. If you are considering moving into a recreational community and enjoy boating, you should look more closely at this rare find in eastern North Carolina.
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