Washington, county seat of Beaufort County, is OUR STATE magazine's Tar Heel Town of the Month. Colonel James Bonner named the Pamlico River settlement for George Washington in 1776. Oesterreich describes this town which is committed to preserving its past while investing heavily in the future. The city has recently transformed its waterfront area, building new boat docks and reconfiguring traffic patterns. Moss Landing, on the site of the old Moss Planing Mill, is a planned $30 million residential and commercial development.