Plymouth, established in 1787, is the county seat of Washington County. At one time the state's second-busiest port, the town had its own light station. A replica of the lighthouse stands near the Civil War museum. The town was prosperous up to the Civil War, but the conflict left it in ruins with only eleven buildings standing. The town has undergone several economic cycles, and at one time twenty-nine buildings on the main street were empty. Now twenty-seven of them have been purchased for development. Things to see in Plymouth include the Port O' Plymouth Museum, a replica of the Civil War ironclad Albemarle, the Roanoke River Lighthouse and Maritime Museum, God's Creation Wildlife Museum, and The Garden Spot restaurant.