Oriental, North Carolina is a quaint authentic fishing village of less than 900 residents– but about 1500 doggies and 2000 sailboats. Oriental got its name from the founding father’s wife, Rebecca Midyette. As the story goes, Mrs. Midyette found a board that had washed ashore from the sunken sailing steamer vessel the SS Oriental. The SS Oriental was built in Philadelphia in1861. Mrs. Midyette thought the name suited the little village and from that point, our (because I live there sometime) town was known by Oriental.
Oriental is home of the dragon. Year round the town will have events centering around dragons. Further, you’ll see dragons displayed in a number of interesting ways, including dragon nesting areas. But one of the most popular events is the New Years Eve Dragon run. Hodges street (on the water) is closed down and this year not one but two authentic Chinese dragons danced and pranced up and down the street to ring in the new year. Touching the original dragon’s nose is a must for good luck.
The two dragons rang in the New Year stopping in front of the Bean (the local coffee shop) for a little dance.
There is actually an interesting story of why two dragons — but, I’ll save that for another day. Suffice it to say — Oriental loves its dragons!
For more about our little village visit TownDock.