About Oriental, North Carolina
Over 200,000 acres of timbered land and 150,000 acres of pristine
water lead the Pampticoe Indians to name the land TaTaku,
meaning where land and sea meet the sky. Today, Pamlico
County is home to the charming fishing village of Oriental where
youll find a relaxed lifestyle amid a vibrant community.
Settled in the 1700s, Oriental was named after a Federal
transport steamer whose shipwrecked nameplate captivated the town
postmasters wife. The town was in need of a new name and so
it became Oriental.
Located where the mighty Neuse River meets the Pamlico Sound, along
the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW), Oriental has become known as the
sailing capital of North Carolina, host to regattas and home
to sailors from near and far.
Recreational boating, fishing and hunting abound here.
love parades in Oriental. Sometimes they are
admittedly quirky. This is a local Shriners group.
a grandmother's prerogative, I tried to convince
grandson Cole that this was indeed a dragon's egg.
fishing fleet in Oriental harbor. This scene is still a coastal
heritage and tradition in our town.
mimosa tree in full bloom, a gorgeous inhabitant of Oriental
and the coastal Carolina area.
fishing, watermen and sailing define our community. Capture
the mood when you visit.
are more sailboats than people in Oriental. Marinas and docks
abound on our wide creeks.
A friendly atmosphere welcomes new-comers to a place that celebrates
living well. Youll find a variety of art and cultural events,
from Thursday night Drums on the Neuse to the towns
own repertory theatre group presentations. The Old Theatre hosts
Friday Night Flicks where a favorite old movie and all
the popcorn you can eat is $5. Be prepared to enjoy local produce
and seafood, available at the weekly Farmers Market and in
the towns restaurants.
Oriental brings in the New Year with the Running of the Dragon.
Tradition has everyone banging pots to bring the dragon out and
touching the dragon will bring you good luck for the year. The first
week in July is Croaker Festival, an old-fashioned town celebration
with a parade, a croaker relay, Miss Croaker pageant and topped
off with fireworks over the water. August is the Oriental Rotary
Clubs Tarpon Tournament, the Bonds Watermelon Party
(the whole town is invited) and a new tradition in 2010 Dragon
Boat Races. December will find Oriental celebrating The Spirit
of Christmas, a time for local businesses and clubs to host
the town and our guests with food and entertainment. Of course theres
a parade ending with our own Santa, riding in a boat! These are
just some of the events that mark our year with celebrations. Make
plans to visit Oriental soon and be prepared to stay a while longer.