On February 20, 1861, with John Motley Morehead, the 29th Governor of North Carolina, serving as a key founder and developer and Bridges Arendell, Jr. presiding as mayor, Morehead City was incorporated. The NC Port City flourished because the Newport River was eighteen to twenty feet deep and had a mile wide channel and the terminus of the 1857 Atlantic and North Carolina Railroad was constructed to Shepard’s Point. Routes of Morehead City running east to west were named for the developers and first leaders, including William Fisher, Bridges Arendell, Peter G. Evans, David Shepard, and John Shackelford. In addition to the port and railroad, the shoreline and bountiful fishing have always attracted visitors and residents to the area in general. Morehead City became a popular vacation spot on the Atlantic coast. As its population and development expand, Morehead City continues to be an important city, not only in North Carolina’s history but also in the state’s economy. At Barefoot-Chandler & Associates Real Estate, we are thankful for the original founders and the current administration of planners and developers and we are blessed to live and work in Morehead City, The Gem of The Crystal Coast.
Discover FIVE FUN things to do INDOORS in Morehead City, North Carolina
Visit The History Museum of Carteret County and explore an impressive collection of textiles, photographs, military memorabilia, glassware, traditional arts, clothing, furniture, and more showcasing the history and culture of Carteret County. Browse over 10,000 books and publications. The Museum hosts fun and educational seminars and musical events, year-round, and features an insightful lecture series with local storytellers.
Catch a play or concert at The Carteret Community Theater, an impressive 4.5 Star venue, according to reviews on TripAdvisor. The talent is extraordinary and productions include local historical plays such as Blackbeard: Raider of the Carolina Seas, Big Box hits including Grease and My Fair Lady, songwriters and musicians such as Delbert McClinton, and favorite tribute bands including Gypsy: A Tribute to Fleetwood Mac.
This photo of Gypsybee Studios – Featuring Michelle Johnson Fairchild is courtesy of TripAdvisor
Meet one of the most gifted, inspiring, and talented artists at The Crystal Coast, Miss Michelle Johnson Fairchild, at Gypsybee Studios & Gallery downtown Morehead City. In addition to creating her award-winning works of art, hosting workshops and painting parties, Michelle also works with clients to design custom commissioned pieces for homes, businesses, gifts and more.
Catch the game or race on TV and enjoy some of the best appetizers, sandwiches, subs, and entrees at The Crystal Coast. Ioanni’s Grill & Bar is the Local’s Choice for fantastic food and great prices. And if you’d rather stay home or entertain friends, Ioanni’s Delivers to Morehead City & Atlantic Beach !!
Find Your Strength at The Morehead City Sports Center featuring 2 Olympic sized swimming pools, seaside massage therapy, 40 pieces of cardio equipment, basketball and racquetball courts, yoga classes, strength training, boxing and swimming lessons, and more. The Sports Center is open year-round and 24 hours, most weekdays.
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