Named for Hiawatha, a Native American leader, the quiet community of Watha lies between Burgaw and Wallace, just off Highway 117. Originally named South Washington, the town’s name had to be changed since another town in the state named Washington was causing mail to be sent incorrectly.

Watha was home to the first courthouse in Pender County but in 1926 it suffered a devastating fire that destroyed much of the town. In February 2009, Watha celebrated its 100 year anniversary. Today, Watha remains a largely residential area with an estimated population around 172. Many of it’s residents are retired and enjoy the rural quietness found in the western part of Pender County.

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