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The history of the Roanoke River in Martin County dates back to the time of Sir Walter Raleigh. Crews of men from Raleigh's expedition oared their way up the Roanoke to the present day site of the Williamston bridge before being attacked and driven back to their boats by Tuscarora Indian warriors. Since that time, the Roanoke has served Martin County as a fishery, as a means of transportation, as a resource for manufacturing plants, and even as a military conduit during the Civil War. Because of this long-term interconnectivity, many Martin County residents feel that the river, despite flowing through two states and many counties, is their own.
The State (NoCar F 251 S77), Vol. 35 Issue 1, June 1967, p8-9, il
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