Monday, August 8, 2016

What's in a Carolina Coastal Name-- Part 3: Pamlico Sound and Oriental


This large lagoon was named by early explorers after the Pamouik, a Native American tribe that lived throughout the shores.

The term "sound" refers to a saltwater lagoon.


Originally known as the town of Smith's Creek, Oriental was named after a Union ship that ran aground near Bodie Island in 1862, during the Civil War.

When a post office was established there in 1886, the postmaster's wife felt that a new name was in order.  Out beachcombing along the Outer Banks she found the name plate from the wrecked ship and thought it would make a great name for the town.


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