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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 you’ll find a relaxed lifestyle amid a vibrant community.

Settled in the 1700’s, Oriental was named after a Federal transport steamer whose shipwrecked nameplate captivated the town postmaster’s 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.

Shriner's parade
Grandson Cole and dragon's egg.
Oriental's fishing fleet

We love parades in Oriental. Sometimes they are
admittedly quirky. This is a local Shriners group.

As a grandmother's prerogative, I tried to convince
grandson Cole that this was indeed a dragon's egg.
The fishing fleet in Oriental harbor. This scene is still a coastal heritage and tradition in our town.
Mimosa tree in Oriental
The character of the Oriental fishing fleet
Marina on Oriental creek
A mimosa tree in full bloom, a gorgeous inhabitant of Oriental and the coastal Carolina area.
Commercial fishing, watermen and sailing define our community. Capture the mood when you visit.
There 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. You’ll find a variety of art and cultural events, from Thursday night “Drums on the Neuse” to the town’s 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 Farmer’s Market and in the town’s 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 Club’s Tarpon Tournament, the Bond’s 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 there’s 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.


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