Beaufort County

Region: Coastal Plain
County Seat: Washington (1785)
Population: 44,9581
Towns & Cities:  Bath, Belhaven , Chocowinity
Beaufort was first called Pamptecough, the name being changed about 1712. It is in the eastern section of the State and is bounded by Craven, Hyde, Martin, Pamlico, Pitt, and Washington counties.2

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Education (1)
Government & Community Bodies (1)
Legends, Tails & Culture (1)

1 Population figures from Census Bureau Home Page for the 2000 Census.
2 Facts gathered from State Library of North Carolina.


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North Carolinians are nicknamed the "Tar Heels".

It not exactly evident where this nickname originated, but it seems to have given birth during the Civil War. North Carolina's troops were said to have tar on their heels, because they would not run in battle even as other states retreated.

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