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County Stats / General Info
Carolina Power & Light, Customer Services, 800-452-2777
Tideland Membership Corp., 10948 NC Hwy. 55, Alliance, 252-745-4127
Eastern Propane Alliance, 252-745-7346
Jenkins Gas & Oil Bayboro, 252-745-4881
Pamlico County Water Dept., 102 N. 4th Street, Bayboro, 252-745-5453
Sprint, Residential Customers, 252-633-9011
Time Warner of Pamlico, 84 Gatlin Road, Bayboro, 252-745-5842
Waste Management 252.699-6330
Alliance: NC Hwy. 55, Alliance, 252-745-4524
Pamlico News(Published Weekly): Broad Street, Oriental, 252-249-1555
All new residents who plan to drive must obtain a N.C. driverís license within 30 days of establishing a permanent residence here. Most newcomers, unless they drive commercial vehicles, will want a Class C license, which permits operation of personal cars and small trucks. If you drive a motorcycle, youíll also need a motorcycle endorsement.
North Carolina is switching from four-year to five-year driverís licenses. Until the change is complete, licenses will vary in length from four years to eight years. To get a license, apply in person at a driverís license office and take the vision, sign recognition and written tests. (It will help to study the Driverís Handbook available at DMV offices.) When you apply, present your current out-of-state license or two other accepted forms of ID, as well as proof of liability insurance from an insurer licensed in North Carolina. Youíll also need to supply your Social Security number.NOTE: If you are paying for your license by check, the address on your pre-printed check must match the address on your new driverís license.
Pamlico County: For dates and locations call the Greenville DMV at 252-830-3456.
New Bern: Any weekday at the Driverís License Office, 2106 Neuse Blvd., New Bern, 252-514-4734
County Stats / General Info
Motor Vehicle Registration
You must register your vehicle before the reciprocity agreement between North Carolina and your former state expires (usually 30 days). Registration is renewed annually.
To register your vehicle, apply in person at the license plate agency and present your title (unless title is held by a lienholder) and a valid registration card from your former state. If your title is held by a lienholder, you must provide the lienholderís name and address on a state form for title release. You also must present proof of vehicle liability insurance at or above minimum standards.
Fees due when you receive N.C. registration include title and registration fees and highway use tax. The DMV registration office will accept a check. You must also get a vehicle safety inspection within 10 days of receiving your N.C. license plate. This can be done at any state-authorized inspection station. Inspection is required annually.
Although the state does not levy sales tax on motor vehicles, N.C. counties assess property taxes annually. Your car will be registered when you receive your license plate, and youíll receive a bill in about three months.
Register any weekday at the License Plate Agency, 117 Virginia Avenue, Alliance, 252-745-4539
To vote here, you must be 18 years or older, a legal resident of the county where you register and a U.S. citizen. You also must register at least 25-30 days before an election (the exact deadline varies for each election).
Register any weekday at the Board of Elections Office, Pamlico County Courthouse, 202 Main Street, Bayboro, 252-745-4821.
About Pamlico County
Pamlico County was named for Pamlico Sound, which in turn was named for an Indian tribe that once inhabited the northern fringes of the county. Perhaps four to five hundred Indians occupied the area during the time of exploration and early settlement. Belonging mainly to the Algonquians, the tribes were the Pamlico, Neuse, Bay River, Coree and possibly the Tuscarora and Woccon. Until the smallpox hit them around 1686, the Pamlico were the most numerous.
At Nottingham Point near Arapahoe, the earliest known gravestone in the county is dated 1745. But historians know the area was settled long before that. In fact, some have theorized that the ships of Sir Walter Raleighís first expedition may have touched Pamlico's shores in 1584 or 1585. In any case, scores of settlers were living at the mouths of rivers and creeks and along the Neuse and Pamlico Rivers (in what is now Pamlico County) by the time the Tuscarora Indian War broke out in 1711. After it ended in 1713, all Indians soon left the area.
Average annual temperature: 62.6 degrees
January average: 45 degrees
June average: 79.6 degrees
Average annual rainfall: 54.6" per year
Average snow: Rare
Oriental: 875 (Sailboats in Oriental: Over 1,200!)
Bayboro (our county seat): 900
The area now known as Pamlico County was formed in 1872 from parts of Beaufort and Craven counties. Pamlico County is typically marshy and framed by many creeks and rivers. As a matter of fact, the county is 41 percent water (235 of 576 square miles).
Agriculture & Manufacturing
Primary farm production in Pamlico County consists of corn, soybeans, wheat, potatoes, cotton and forestry. Seafood processing, boat building and government manufacturing account for most of the manufacturing output of the county.
The majority of manufacturing firms is located in Oriental. A few other towns boast one or more manufacturing firms. Estimates vary, but as much as 10% of Pamlico countyís total population is directly or indirectly involved in the commercial fishing industry. Some common seafood manufactured and harvested in Pamlico County are Flounder, Grouper, King Mackerel, Sea Bass, Sea Trout, Spanish Mackerel, Striped Bass, Croaker, Blue Fish, Red Drums, Black Drum, Mullets, Catfish, Common Eel, Crabs (Blue hard and soft), Shrimp (Brown, Pink, White and Rock), Conchs, Octopus, Oysters, Sea Scallops and Squid.
Cost of Living
Housing, food, clothing, transportation, health care, utilities and miscellaneous goods and services are 59% less than New York City, NY; 62% less than Santa Barbara, CA; 68% less than Boston, MA; 32% less than Philadelphia, PA; about the same as Louisville, KY.
Pamlico County: .6943 per $100 assessed value of property
NC State Sales Tax: 6%
State Income Tax: Graduated with a 7.75% maximum
Settled in 1890s and named for the Farmers Alliance Movement.
Arapahoe was first known as "Cross Roads". The name was later changed to "Arapahoe" -- some say it was named after the Indians and others after a racehorse of the same name. The Corsa Indians lived at Core Point near the mouth of the Pamlico River and blazed the trail that became the first road to Wilkersonís Point. This community was settled early in the 18th century, not long after New Bern (which settled in 1710). Arapahoeís post office was established in 1886. The town was incorporated in 1920.
Bayboro was named for the Bay River and settled long before it was incorporated in 1881. Itís the oldest incorporated town in the county and was the first to have town water. It became the county seat in 1876. The following year, the courthouse was relocated here from Stonewall. Although narrow, the Bay River is navigable all the way to the town.
Hobucken & Lowland
"Goose Creek Island" was formerly part of Beaufort County. In 1874, Hobucken and Lowland citizens voted to become part of Pamlico County. Around 1900, a post office was established for the area. The island is a magnet for fishermen and duck hunters and is home to a unit of the U.S. Coast Guard, which is located on the Intracoastal Waterway.
Developed as resort area on Neuse River by the Hardison family after World War 1, the townís name is derived from an Indian word said to mean, "land of sky and blue water". Older visitors remember it as a resort community that flourished on the shores of the Neuse in the 1920's. Today, younger visitors come to one of several summer camps established along the river.
Oriental is nestled amid five creeks along the Neuse River and connected to the Intracoastal Waterway via a 10-foot deep channel. Settled in 1870, residents wanted to establish a post office when they found the town first needed an official name. One resident recalled seeing the nameplate from the steamship "Oriental" at a friendís house in Manteo; the steamer had wrecked off the coast of Cape Hatteras in 1862 while under the commission of the Union army. The Town of Oriental was officially incorporated in 1899. Today, with more power and sailboats in residence than people, it has earned its reputation as being "The Sailing Capitol of North Carolina."
No one seems to know how Reeslboro got its name, but it seems likely that it was named for the Reel families. Reelsboro is situated in a very sandy area. Before the hard surfaced roads were built, cars had to wind (or perhaps "reel") around to keep from getting stuck in it! When the railroad came to Pamlico County, one of the stops was named "Reelsboro". Its post office was established in 1891.
Stonewall was incorporated in 1870 when it was still part of Craven County. Citizens first wished to name the town "Jackson" for the owner of a local mill. But since there was already a town with that name in North Carolina, "Stonewall" was selected -- presumably in honor of General T. J. "Stonewall" Jackson. It was home to Pamlico Countyís first post office, which was established after the Civil War, and the original site of the county courthouse before it was moved to Bayboro.
At one time, the Indian village of "Secotan" was located here. Later, it was renamed by the wife of a former Union Army surgeon who settled here in the 1870s. Its new name was derived from the words "van" (the German word for "village") and De Mere" (French for "by the sea"). Vandemere is situated on a point where Vandemere Creek flows into the Bay River. It was incorporated in 1874 and was the county seat from 1872 (when Pamlico County was formed) to 1876.
County Stats / General Info
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