Welcome to the Town of
"Fish From Many Waters"
"The ONE AND ONLY CHOCOWINITY, NC"
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A Short History of Chocowinity
A Short History of Chocowinity
On the South side of the Pamlico River, in Beaufort County, at the cross roads of
U.S. Highway 17 and North Carolina Highway 33, is a small community rich in history,
agriculture, and industry. According to historians, the name is derived from the
Tuscaroran Indians who lived here several hundred years ago. The place was once known as
Godley's Cross Roads, but the name was changed to CHOCAWANATETH some time before the
Revolutinary period. Rev. N.C. Hughes, Jr. traced a reference to Chocawanateth Creek which
was later spelled as Chocowinity Creek.
Soon after the end of the Civil War an effort was made to change the name of the town from Chocowinity to Belvue. However, Rev. N.C. Hughes, D.D., thought so highly of this unique name that he succeeded in persuading those who wanted the name changed to cease their efforts. Consequently, the old name CHOCOWINITY has remained through the years.
The exact meaning of the word "Chocowinity" had been a mystery for many years. In 1928, Mr. Hughes met a well-educated Indian encamped on the banks of the Edisto River in South Carolina. While talking with the Indian, Mr. Hughes mentioned he lived in a small village with an Indian name. Mr. Hughes pronounced the name "Chocowinity" and also spelled its former name of "Chocawanateth." The Indian thought for a moment and finally responded, "Oh yes, I have it now. That word means FISH FROM MANY WATERS." Mr. Hughes was instantly reminded of the many waters associated with the Chocowinity Creek and Chocowinity Bay as well as the Pamlico River. He was also reminded of the Shad, perch, red breast, black fish, pike pickerel, jack, rock, bass, trout, and sturgeon which had been caught in the waters. It was immediately apparent that the bay and creek bearing the name of Chocowinity, were a spawning and feeding grounds of "fish from many waters."
Text from THE STATE Magazine article by N.C. Huges, Jr. 1/14/50.
James Mobley, Jr., Mayor
Joy McRoy, Town Clerk
Louise S. Furman
William J. Albritton
POLICE CHIEF: Todd Alligood
P.O. Box 145 -- Chocowinity, NC, 27817
252/946-6568 ----- Fax 252/975-7500
Chocowinity EMS, Inc.
Tommy Parker, Captain
24 hour emergency medical coverage
35 volunteer EMT's
2 paid EMT's
2 EMS trucks
EMS telephone number 252-948-2446
Chocowinity Fire Department
Curtis Avery, Chief
Tommy Pendley, Asst. Chief
Charlie Elks, Asst. Chief
40 Volunteer Fireman
8 Emergency Vehicles
FD telephone number 252-946-6559
Learning Resource Center -- Chocowinity Primary School -- Chocowinity Middle School
Southside High School
More links to NC Community Colleges ----------- or ----------- The 16 Campuses of The University of NC
Beaufort County Courthouse --
P.O. Box 514 Washington, NC 27889
DEPRESSION ERA - Town Hall and Looking South
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