The celebration of Beaufort County's 300th anniversary kicked off in Washington Wednesday.
Opening ceremonies were held at Washington High School with all of the fourth grade students from Beaufort County schools attending, along with dignitaries including U.S. Senator Richard Burr and Lieutenant Governor Walter Dalton.
Beaufort County was founded in 1712. Events are planned all year long to mark the occasion. WITN's Dave Jordan emceed the event.