"Not in New Jersey" Hobucken by grandmaR

Hobucken Travel Guide: 3 reviews and 17 photos

Quick Facts
City: Hobucken
State: North Carolina
County: Pamlico County
Zip Code: 28537
Area Code: 252
Population: 11372
Latitude: 35.266039
Longitude: 76.577201

On the way from Oriental to Morehead City, we pass through the town of Hobucken. Hobucken is remarkable for the shrimping fleet, with a cheap dock, and the Coast Guard Station

Coast Guard Station Hobucken is located right alongside the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway where they can keep a watch on people who don't obey the 'No Wake' zones.

According to their website: "The unit is equipped with two 41 foot utility boats and a 21 Foot Rigid Hull Inflatable. There are 22 active duty personnel assigned to the Station. The Officer-in-Charge is a Chief Boatswain Mate (E-7) and the Executive Petty Officer is a First Class Boatswain Mate. In addition to 22 active duty personnel, the station is also augmented with reserve and auxiliary personnel. The station's primary duties are Search and Rescue and Law Enforcement. Station Hobucken runs approximately 100 SAR cases and does 300 Law Enforcement boardings per year."

Coast Guard Station Hobucken, is located on 7.5 acres of land in Pamlico County. The town of Hobucken, NC is approximately one mile from the station.


"Goose Creek Island" was formerly part of Beaufort County. In 1874, Hobucken and Lowland citizens voted to become part of Pamlico County. There is only one stop light in the whole county.

In 1871, the mail came to Goose Creek Island Post Office by boat across Goose Creek from the village of Oregon, now known as South Creek, in Beaufort County. The mail was carried by horse and buggy to Jones' Bay Side, now known as Hobucken.

Around 1880, Mr. Wiley Mayo of Hobucken, realizing the need for better mail service, started trying to get a Post Office and a name for the village of Jones' Bay. After submitting two names that were rejected by the Post Office Deparment, due to other places in the state already having been named that, Mr. Mayo sent in the name "Hobucken", which he had changed from Hoboken, New Jersey, and it was accepted. The name Hoboken, New Jersey, came to his attention from a letterhead he had received with returns on white potatoes that had been shipped there. Mr. Mayo became the first Postmaster of Hobucken in July, 1886. The Mayo name is still prominant in Hobucken as the docks along the waterway largely belong to R.E. Mayo Fish Netting.

The island is a magnet for fishermen and duck hunters. One of the few places with listings in Hobucken on the internet is
P.O. Box 8365 Hobucken, North Carolina, 28537 (252) 745-7877

As much as 10% of Pamlico county?s total population is directly or indirectly involved in the commercial fishing industry. Some common seafood manufactured and harvested in Pamlico County are Flounder, Grouper, King Mackerel, Sea Bass, Sea Trout, Spanish Mackerel, Striped Bass, Croaker, Blue Fish, Red Drums, Black Drum, Mullets, Catfish, Common Eel, Crabs (Blue hard and soft), Shrimp (Brown, Pink, White and Rock), Conchs, Octopus, Oysters, Sea Scallops and Squid.

The information on the post office was obtained by Adrian Watson from the State Archives of History in Raleigh, N.C.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Fresh Shrimp
  • Cons:Very rural with few services
  • In a nutshell:In a One Stop Light County
  • Last visit to Hobucken: Nov 2003
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Feb 24, 2010 at 3:30 AM

    i just wanted to thank you for the pictures of hobucken north carolina you have on your page.im from hobucken but havent been there sience i was a young teenager.now that im 30 and have my own kids i can show them the pictures of where i grew up


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