About Chocowinity, NC
Chocowinity is a small town in eastern North Carolina (Beaufort County) and is located several miles south of Washington, NC on Highway 17S. Early records indicate that the town was originally known as Godley’s Cross Roads and the name was changed to Chocawanateth before the Revolutionary War. Undoubtedly, this name was given to the town by the Tuscarora Indians, who lived in this area during that time. Over the years, this name evolved to be spelled as it is today.
For over a century, the meaning behind this name was a mystery to non-Indian residents. In 1912, the community was incorporated as a town with Rev. N.C. Hughs, Jr. serving as mayor. Ironically, it was Hughs who solved the mystery of the name. In 1928, he happened to mention the Chocowinity name to an Indian he met while traveling, even providing the original and derived spellings. The Indian indicated that the name means “Fish from Many Waters.” At long last, the mystery of the name was not only solved, but the meaning was clear to Hughs. The name referred to the diversity of species of fish caught in the local waters which came from Chocowinity Creek, Chocowinity Bay, the Pamlico River, Tar River, etc. Shortly after the Civil War, there was an unsuccessful bid to change the name of the community to Belvue. Residents elected to keep the unique name.
In 1955, the local TV station was built in Chocowinity and affiliated with the National Broadcasting Company as WITN-TV. It is still in operation and boasts a news and weather affiliate site in Greenville, NC. I can remember my children visiting the “WITNey the Hobo” live children’s show at the Chocowinity studio 25-30 years ago.
Chocowinity has benefited from the development of several sizable subdivisions over the past few decades. The largest is Cypress Landing, a golf/marina community developed by Weyerhaeuser Corporation, which offers a full complement of activities for its residents. Cypress Landing has received endorsements as one of the Top 20 Communities in the nation by New Choices Magazine.
As Chocowinity has grown, new businesses have started to satisfy the service needs of the community. The government infrastructure, such as fire, police and town offices, has evolved to be able to provide the needed services. Chocowinity continues to be a city on the move.