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Fort Branch

Fast facts about Martin County:

Created in 1774, the county is named for Royal Governor Josiah Martin.

The county seat is Williamston.  Other communities include Bear Grass, Darden, Everetts, Gold Point, Hamilton, Jamesville, Parmele, and Robersonville.

Martin County’s land area is 461.17 square miles; the population in the 2010 census was 24,505.



Fort Branch, constructed in 1862 by the Confederate Army along the 70-foot bluffs of the Roanoke known as Rainbow Banks, deterred Union gunboats from advancing farther upriver.  Armed with a dozen cannons, the earthen fort helped protect the railroad bridge at Weldon, an integral link in the Confederate supply line running between Wilmington and Richmond.  It also helped guard the construction site of the ironclad CSS Albemarle at Edward’s Ferry.  Fort Branch was manned by Rebel troops until April 10, 1865, the day after Lee’s surrender at Appomattox.

The site today includes restored earthworks, rebuilt gun emplacements, the reconstructed winter quarters of the First N. C. Volunteers, and eight of the stronghold’s original artillery pieces.  It is believed that Fort Branch is the only earthen fort in the South with its original artillery in place.  The site of the fort is privately owned.  Site maintenance, projects, and programs are carried out by the non-profit Fort Branch Battlefield Commission, Inc.  Fort Branch is open 1:30-5:30 on Saturdays and Sundays from the first weekend in April through the first weekend in November.  The final weekend of the season is also the time of the site’s annual battle re-enactment and living history program.  252-792-6605

Martin County is bordered by BEAUFORT (Region Three), BERTIE, EDGECOMBE, HALIFAX, PITT, and WASHINGTON (Region One) counties.