Quality of Life

Climate

Temperatures in the Martin County area range from an average of 54 degrees F in the winter to about 87 degrees F in the summer. The average annual rainfall is 48.54 inches with the wettest month being July.  Snowfall averages approximately 4 inches per year.  The average consecutive number of frost free days in a calendar year is 222, typically ranging from late March to early November.

Source:  SouthEast Regional Climate Center Records from 7/ 1/1930 to 4/30/2012

 

Health and Medical Facilities

 

Martin General Hospital

Martin County is home to a variety of medical services and support. The largest among those is Martin General Hospital, a 49-bed facility that provides complete inpatient, outpatient, medical and surgical care.

Accredited by The Joint Commmission, Martin General has received HealthGrades 5-Star Rating for:

  • Total Knee Replacement
  • Hip Fracture Treatment
  • Heart Failure
  • Cholecystectomy
  • Stroke

Services include:

  • Cardiac (Telemetry, Echo, Stress Testing)
  • Cardiopulmonary/Respiratory Care Clinic (Holter Monitoring, Event Monitoring, PFT)
  • Emergency Department, 24-hour
  • Industrial Medicine Program
  • Intensive Care Unit
  • Imaging (Bone Densitometry, CT Scanner, Digital Mammography, MRI, Nuclear Medicine, Sonography,
    Stereotactic Biopsy, Teleradiology, Ultrasound)
  • Labor & Delivery, Nursery
  • Laboratory
  • Rehabilitation (OT, PT, Speech)
  • Sleep Center
  • Sports Medicine Program
  • Surgery (Inpatient/Outpatient)
  • Women’s Center

 

Vidant Medical Center

Located in nearby Greenville, Vidant Medical Center, one of four academic medical centers in North Carolina, is the flagship hospital for Vidant Health and serves as the teaching hospital for the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University. Vidant Medical Center is a regional resource for all levels of health services and information.

The hospital is a tertiary referral center and provides acute, intermediate, rehabilitation and outpatient health services to more than 1.4 million people in 29 counties. In an average year, about 44,500 inpatients and more than 171,000 outpatients are treated in Vidant’s facilities. More than 3,500 babies are born here in a typical year.

Clinical education is an important part of this hospital’s mission and helps demonstrate its commitment to the community. Vidant Medical Center is a teaching site for medical students and residents, nurses and other health professionals.

Vidant Medical Center is fully accredited by the Joint Commission for the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) and offers the following services:

• James and Connie Maynard Children’s Hospital
• East Carolina Heart Institute
• Level I trauma center
• Rehabilitation
• Vidant SurgiCenter – outpatient surgery
• Vidant EastCare – air and ground transport
• Primary stroke center
• East Carolina Endoscopy Center
• Kidney transplant
• Robotic surgery
• Bariatric surgery
• Radiosurgery

A new state-of-the-art cancer center and bed tower is currently being built on the Vidant Medical Center campus in Greenville. It will serve as the hub of Vidant Health’s regional cancer programs and a central location where patients can receive highly specialized care by expert providers and the most modern technology available. Features of the multi-story tower will include: 96 inpatient rooms with nurse, patient and family zones; an imaging center; infusion and radiation treatment clinics; and pharmacy and laboratory facilities.

In addition to Vidant, Greenville is home to many excellent private physicians and related health specialties.

 

 

Parks & Recreation

The Town of Williamston Parks & Recreation offers many diverse programs for a community of this size. Programs encompass dance, health and fitness, organized sports for youth and adults, special events, outdoor recreation, volunteering, and more.

 

Moratoc Park

This beautiful 18-acre, county-owned park on the Roanoke River is located in Williamston and features a river overlook, fishing pier and canoe/kayak launch.

The park was recently renovated and includes the Moratoc building, a beautiful, rustic conference building overlooking the scenic Roanoke River. The building features a full kitchen, bathrooms, stone fireplace and spacious deck. The building has a capacity to seat 250 people comfortably and has an outdoor covered area for cooking.

The park renovation project also included:

  • Addition of playground equipment
  • Construction of an approximate 0.5 mile walking trail that connects with Williamston’s Skewarkee Trail, a 0.8 mile trail that connects the Roanoke River with downtown Williamston walking trail, benches
  • Construction of a picnic shelter and additional restroom facilities
  • Construction of a canoe/kayak launch platform, ADA accessible fishing rails, and gazebo on the deck

 

Tourism

Get a front-row seat to beautiful horses performing at our first-class equestrian arena. Catch an exciting bull riding event or one of the many other activities offered throughout the year, all at the Senator Bob Martin Eastern Agricultural Center.

Create your own history tour through our charming towns and rural back-roads or visit during a weekend trip back in time with our Fort Branch Civil War Reenactment each November. Photograph colorful birds or a field of fluffy white cotton.

Our beautiful new Martin County Arts Center is already hosting events like the North Carolina Watercolor Society’s Eastern Region Show as well as well as national programs with musicians, craftsmen and visual artists.

For more information and a calendar of events visit the Martin County Tourism Development Authority.