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The James Adams Floating Theatre was an attraction which cruised the coastal waters of the state and as far north as Virginia and as far south as Georgia. The boat, built in 1913 in Washington at a cost of $25,000, was owned and operated by James Adams a performer from Saginaw, Michigan. It could hold 850 people there were performances aboard every day. Novelist and playwright Edna Ferber used her 4-day experience on the James Adams to compose her novel, Show Boat, which was later turned in a Broadway musical.
For sixteen years the Washington Area Historic Foundation has produced and offered for sale a Christmas tree ornament depicting a structure of interest in the city. Past ornaments have shown the Singleton Primitive Baptist, the old courthouse, and the old City Hall. Historic St. Peter's Episcopal Church is featured on the current one. The item sells for $25, and the money raised supports community projects like the Water Street Park and the Harding Square landscaping.
Clayborne recounts the history of Washington's Turnage Theatre. It was in danger of demolition in the 1990s, but through the efforts of a nonprofit, the theatre was restored and reopened in 2007. Clayborne's article describes the vaudeville section of the theatre on the uppermost floor. It could seat 900 and the leading vaudeville stars performed there. That section of the Turnage is still awaiting restoration.