Conference Venue

The Historic Turnage Theatre is a NC

designated historic site and a contributing

structure in the Historic District of Washington,

NC. The 32,000 square foot building houses

two theaters. Built in 1913, the front of the

building was originally used as a bakery and

shoe store with a vaudeville playhouse on the

second floor. One of its owners, C.A. Turnage

renamed the building the Turnage Theater.

In the mid 1930’s Turnage built a second

theatre,  palace-style on the rear of the

building. It was popular until the 1970s.

With the neglected theater falling into disrepair, it closed its doors for the first time in 1978. Some 20 years later, a group of historic preservation enthusiasts teamed up with arts advocates to form the non-profit Turnage Theater Foundation. The goal was to acquire and renovate to historically accurate standards the crumbling Turnage. After an extensive multi-million dollar renovation, the Foundation struggled to repay two million dollars borrowed to complete the process. Increasing costs and dwindling support from individuals and corporate sponsors shuttered the Turnage Theatre again in 2011. In 2013, the Turnage Theatre building was purchased by the Beaufort County Arts Council now called the Arts of the Pamlico. Pamlico Writers Group is an affiliate of Arts of the Pamlico and calls the Turnage Theatre home for its critique meetings, workshops, and annual conference.

Accommodations in Washington

Bed and Breakfasts:

The Pamlico House Bed & Bath

400 East Main Street


Elmwood 1820 Bed & Breakfast Inn

731 W. Main Street



Fairfield Inn & Suites

2090 W. 15th Street


Hampton Inn

2085 W. 15th Street


Additional accommodation information can be found at:

Dining in Washington

Below are a few dining establishments that are very close to the Turnage for convenience.

Down on Mainstreet

107 W. Main Street

The Meeting Place Cafe

225 W. Main Street

Grub Brothers Eatery

156 W. Main Street

Rachel K's Bakery

126 N. Market Street

Bill's Hot Dogs

109 Gladden Street

Additional dining information can be found at:

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