Historic Plymouth, is the Gateway to Roanoke River Delta and Albemarle Sound. There are over 50 miles of shoreline within 5 miles of Plymouth, just waiting to be explored. Plymouth played an important role as a major port in bygone years. The town was laid out in 1787 and designated as a Port of Entry. It had its own Customs House and a collector. Shipments of cypress shingles, lumber and other wood products and agricultural produce to the northern ports of Norfolk, Baltimore, New York and Boston as well as the West Indies made it prosper until the outbreak of the Civil War. That same prominence as a shipping center made it in great demand during the Civil War, sought by both Union and Confederate forces. The Confederate ironclad ram, the CSS Albemarle twice defeated the Union Navy here, making it the most successful ironclad of the war. The subsequent sinking of the CSS Albemarle o...

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