Harbor district

J. S. Farren Oyster Cannery

On the waterfront promenade in the general vicinity of the Children's Park

During the 19th Century, the popularity of oysters grew until it peaked in 1902 when 806,363 bushels were harvested. After Chesapeake Bay oyster beds became depleted, Baltimore canneries moved south. Two located in Washington around 1891, J. S. Farren and H. J. McGrath. Both canneries employed hundreds of shuckers, primarily African-Americans, and some probably were children as young as 8 years old. As local oyster beds were exhausted and the harvests declined, both canneries were closed early in the 20th Century.

Harbor District Historical TourĀ - Washington, North Carolina
  1. St. Peter's Graveyard
  2. A. W. Styron House
  3. Farrow Shipyard
  4. Marsh House
  5. Myers House
  6. Hyatt House
  7. U. S. Weather Bureau Storm-Warning Tower
  8. J. S. Farren Oyster Cannery
  9. Mulberry Tavern
  10. City Market House
  11. Old Town Hall
  12. Old Beaufort County Courthouse
  13. John Gray Blount House
  14. Turnage Theater
  15. Hotel Louise
  16. Mallison Hardware
  17. S. R. Fowle Store
  18. Fowle Warehouse
  19. Bank of Washington
  20. Atlantic Coastline Terminal
  21. Pamlico Point Lighthouse
  22. Havens Warf
  23. Havens House
  24. Fowle House
  25. U. S. Lighthouse Service Buoy Yard
  26. More Information