The Roanoke River Lighthouse and Maritime
Museum at the west end of Water Street in Plymouth, NC, along with
the Rail Switch Nature Trail at the east end, are projects of the
Washington County Waterways Commission (WCWC).
The Washington County Waterways Commission is
a registered non-profit 501-3(c) organization. All donations are tax
The mission of the Washington County
Waterways Commission is to collect, preserve, interpret and present
the maritime history of Washington County and eastern North Carolina
through education and tourism.
- Doward Jones, Jr, Chairman
- Harry Lewis
Thompson, Vice Chairman & Treasurer
- Brenda Conklin, Secretary
- Russell Lee
- Darcie Tumey
- Michael Wright
- Jimmy Smith
A North Carolina Department of Transportation Enhancement Grant
provided major funding for the project. Additional funders are the
Town of Plymouth, NC and the Washington County Travel and Tourism
Authority. The properties are owned by the Town of Plymouth and are
operated by the WCWC.
The organization is proud to have many
supporting groups, partners and sponsors including:
The Outer Banks
Lighthouse Society, has designated the Roanoke River Light as the
Gateway to the Outer Banks Lighthouses and is represented at
Plymouth with its own exhibit about the famous lighthouses along
North Carolina's coast. Visitors to Plymouth can discover
little-known facts about the state's river light system and build
anticipation for their trip to the Outer Banks' exciting lights.
The Washington County Waterways Commission sponsors several popular
events each year.
- Cowboys on the Water, an evening of
classic stories, fellowship and good food.
- Antique, Classic and Wood Boat Show
- Special gatherings and activities
throughout the year.