The mystique surrounding George Washington has made him a legend. For years, this legend has included Pitt County. From his diary we know that Washington did come through Pitt County on his southern tour and slept and ate here. He arrived in Greenville on April 19, 1791, made several comments about the town and river front , ate, and continued his journey towards New Bern. He stopped for the night at Shadrach Allen’s home on what is now County Home Road in Pitt County He left the next morning for New Bern. Several local families have claimed that Washington ate in their homes, but that has been proven incorrect. To mark this visit, a bronze tablet was placed on the green of the Pitt County Courthouse on November 17, 1925.