Beaufort County administrative offices are located at 121 West 3rd Street, Washington, NC 27889; phone: 252-946-0079.
The area now known as Beaufort County, North Carolina was first visited by Englishmen as early as 1585 when the second Sir Walter Raleigh expedition, commanded by Richard Grenville, explored the region. However, widespread settlement did not occur until the 1690s, when settlers pushed southward from the Albemarle Sound region into the area surrounding the Pamlico River. The county was established in 1705. The Tuscarora War of 1711 nearly eliminated settlement on the Pamlico River, but after final defeat of the Indians in 1714 settlers began to enter the area once again.