Just off the intercoastal waterway, Vandemere is close to Oriental, the sailing capital of North Carolina. The climate is pleasant enough to sail or fish year round, and there is no need to haul your boat in the winter. Just a few miles from Route 17 and New Bern, and quite close to Bayboro, Pamlico County's seat. Vandemere is an old fishing village, mostly abandoned now. While there are few residents, they are quite friendly.
Local Snapshot: History of Vandemere
Lat: 35.22N Lon: 76.63W
Vandemere is situated on a point where Vandemere Creek flows into the Bay River. It was incorporated in 1874 and was the county seat from 1872 (when Pamlico County was formed) to 1876.Many of the descendents of the first colonists in North Carolina are still living in Vandemere today and many of the names live on, both in the names of the people and the places.In 1699 a treaty was forged between the English Crown and the "Bay River Indians". Early settlers came from England, but there are also reports of French Hugenots and others including Dutch and Flemish. By the 18th century there are written records of some European habitation in the Vandemere area. Records show that there was a Native American people who lived "at the head of Vandemore's Creek." These early records show various spellings of the name of Vandemere most showing Dutch or Flemish origin.As early as 1679, there are records showing a "Tho. Vandermoller" being witness to a will, and in 1882 a land grant record that refers to "Jno. Vandemore."
Cruising Guide to Coastal North Carolina
Claiborne S. Young
Vandemere Creek Anchorage
35 11.397N/076 39.202 W
Vandemere, once the seat of Pamlico County, is today a small fishing village whose harbor is lined by picturesque
seafood docks. The village harbor guards the Bay River’s northern banks north-northwest of flashing day Beacon
#5. Minimum approach depths run around 6 feet. Fresh seafood can sometimes be purchased at the town
wharves, but there are no facilities catering specifically to cruisers.
Vandemere Creek runs north and northeast from its like-named village, and plays host to one of the best new
anchorages to make its appearance in this edition of Cruising Guide to Coastal North Carolina. Over the years
fellow cruisers had told me about anchoring on the upper Vandemere Creek, but every time we tried to imitate them,
shallow soundings kept making an appearance on our depth finder. A quick study of chart 11548 will yield the
source of this difficulty, namely the surroundings, hitherto unmarked shoals.
All that has now changed, decidedly, for the better. The Vandemere Creek entrance channel has been
well marked with small, unlighted spar-type buoys. By following these helpful aids to navigation,
skippers can now expect minimum 6-foot depts.
For good shelter and maximum swinging room, we strongly suggest anchoring on the broad section of the channel,
west of the streams’ 90-degree turn to the north. Good depths of 6.5 feet or better and complemented
by excellent shelter from all winds, save gusty southwesterly blows, and enough elbow room for a 40-footer.
A few homes and cabins peep out from the banks, but these tend to add to,
rather than detract from, the creek’s eye candy.
You would have to look far and wide to find a better anchorage than what you will discover on the
waters of Vandemere Creek. With its new, welcome markings, even mariners without
the benefit of electronic navigation can enjoy this haven.
Fishing, Deep Sea Fishing, Hunting, Hunting, Clamming, Shrimping
and Outdoor Boating Recreation
With the thousands of square miles of boating waters, beaches and destinations, the Inner Banks offers the power boater years of activities and fun. Fishing is excellent. In the Sound, rivers and creeks there is flounder, drum, tarpon, trout and many other varieties of smaller fish. The Oriental Rotary Club sponsors an Annual Catch and Release Tarpon Tournament. You can throw a net from your boat or dock for shrimp, or drop a crab pot overboard. The Inner Banks provides much of the crab eaten in the Chesapeake and it only takes a few chicken parts with one pot to get enough crab to boil and make your own crab dish.
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