Ayden in Pitt County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Washington's Southern Tour
spent the night, Apr. 19,
1791, at Shadrack Allen's
Inn, which was 7 mi. E.
Erected 1939 by Division of Archives and History. (Marker Number F-10.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the George Washington Slept Here marker series.
Location. 35° 28.149′ N, 77° 25.073′ W. Marker is in Ayden, North Carolina, in Pitt County. Marker is on Lee Street near West 5th Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Ayden NC 28513, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Former Colleges (approx. 0.2 miles away); Fort Fisher Hero (approx. 2.6 miles away); Scuffleton Bridge (approx. 3.9 miles away); Haddocks Crossroads (approx. 4 miles away); Blount Hall (approx. 5.2 miles away); Catechna (approx. 6.6 miles away); John Lawson (approx. 6.6 miles away); Burney Place (approx. 7.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ayden.
Regarding Washington's Southern Tour.
George Washington, Revolutionary War hero elected as the first president of the United States in February 1789,
While on tour, he sought differing viewpoints and wanted to see and be seen by as many people as possible. Soon after taking office, he planned and undertook a successful 28-day tour of New England.
In early 1791, after establishing a site for the new “Federal District” along the Potomac River, Washington embarked on a tour of the Southern states—a product of his desire to visit every state during his term of office. Proceeding from Mount Vernon via Fredericksburg and Richmond (Virginia) into North Carolina, Washington crossed the Roanoke River into Halifax in mid-April 1791. From there, the President’s
carriage tour took him through Tarboro, Greenville, New Bern, Trenton, and Wilmington before entering South Carolina. Washington re-entered North Carolina near Charlotte and traveled northward, visiting Salisbury, Salem, and Guilford Court House.
After two nights in Halifax, Washington left on the morning of Monday, April 18 for Tarboro. He remarked that the town of Tarborough was “more lively and thriving” than Halifax. Washington was met at the Roanoke River by Col. John B. Ashe, who escorted him into town. Washington’s procession was welcomed by a salute from a single cannon but the effort was appreciated by the President. While in town, Washington was entertained at the home of Major Reading Blount. After a single night’s stay, Washington left Tarboro the next morning for Pitt County. (North Carolina Office of Archives & History — Department of Cultural Resources)
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