Experience: Morehead City
The largest town at the Crystal Coast with a population of just near 10,000. Named after the 29th Governor of North Carolina, John Motley Morehead, a key founder and developer of the land we now know and enjoy as Morehead City. A vintage railroad and sea port town, steeped in history dating back to the 1800’s. In this article, we want to lay out some of the ideas, places, facts, and events that make Morehead City not only a nice place to vacation, but also a great place to live, to raise a family, to retire, and to call your Home.
The History Museum of Carteret County (formerly The History Place) captures, preserves, and presents the mystery and history of Carteret County showcasing original textiles, photographs, military memorabilia, glassware, arts, clothing and furniture of the eras. The library displays more than 10,000 local books and publications, many of which can be purchased in the Gift Shop. The Museum hosts fun and educational seminars and musical events, year-round, and features a lecture series with local storytellers. The History Museum is a great resource for both visitors and residents to really gain an understanding and respect for the past, present, and future of Morehead City.
“Fisherman’s Paradise”....they certainly coined that right and Field & Stream Magazine claims Morehead City as one of “America’s Best Fishing Towns” saying “It’s hard to find a better all-year and all-season environment with this much diversity and appeal.” Home to The Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament, The Super Bowl of Fishing, originating in 1957 and drawing more than 200 anglers from around the world to Morehead City every summer. “The Big Rock” is a course of ledges, peaks, and plateaus that spans an area about 8-10 miles long by 1 mile in width where the Gulf Stream meets the North Carolina coastline, along the continental shelf. Approximately 50 miles south of the Morehead City Waterfront, Big Rock is a haven for small reef fish, attracting larger fish, attracting the prized Million Dollar Blue Marlin.
The North Carolina Seafood Festival is one of the Top 20 Festivals in the Southeast, bringing over 200,000 people to waterfront Morehead City in the month of October for over 30 years !! Are you a Foodie? Feast yourself on the most delectable seafood in the world and learn from top chefs how to prepare, cook, and serve fish, shrimp, lobster, oysters, crabs, clams, and more. Around the corner, enjoy a cheerful toast with your favorite samples of the finest wines. The Seafood Festival traditionally begins with the Blessing of the Fleet, honoring the fishermen and women of the North Carolina fishing industry. Our past, present, and future rest upon the foundation of their hard work, determination, and sacrifice. Fishing rigs line the marina and are celebrated in reverence. The streets are closed to thru traffic while amusement rides and games entertain the visitors along with live music, art and craft vendors, pier fishing, local beverages and cuisines at restaurants and taverns on the waterfront.
Carteret County Public Schools are amongst the highest rated in the State of North Carolina, both to attend as a student and to work for as a professional. Morehead City schools are equipped with leading systems and technology including PowerSchool Mobile App to aid in communications between students, teachers, and parents in a digital world.
Morehead City Primary School is located at 4409 Country Club Road. Serving Kindergarten through Third Grade with a student count of 600 and an average of 12 students per teacher.
Morehead City Elementary School at Camp Glenn serves Fourth & Fifth Grades and is located at 3316 Arendell Street. Operating at Above Average in State test scores, MHC Elementary educates 270 students with an average of 12 students per teacher.
Morehead City Middle School serves Sixth through Eighth Grades and is located at 400 Barbour Road. MHC Middle School has 494 students and ranks Above Average in State test scores with an average of 13 students per teacher.
West Carteret High School is situated at 4700 Country Club Road and was built as a consolidating secondary school for Newport & Morehead City in 1964, serving grades Ninth through Twelfth with 1,260 students and an average of 15 students per teacher. West Carteret is the largest High School in Carteret County and has been recognized by the State of North Carolina as an Honor School of Excellence with at least 90% of students performing at grade level.
We are fortunate to have a local community college in Morehead City providing both live and online classes. Carteret Community College is located at 3505 Arendell Street and offers High School students the opportunity to graduate with college credits through the Career & College Promise Program, tuition FREE. This Dual Enrollment provides our youth the path to accelerate their education with college certificates, diplomas, associates degrees, and college transfer opportunities while living at or close to home and without the heavy expense of student loans. There are over 40 different programs of study offered at the community college and over 12 branches of continuing education, life enrichment classes, and a small business center on site in support of local entrepreneurs and start-ups.
There is ALWAYS something exciting happening in Morehead City; Winter, Spring, Summer, & Fall. Explore walkable and waterfront downtown Morehead City overlooking Sugarloaf Island (mapped), a natural 22 acre barrier island accessible by a water taxi or a personal small water craft. With an easy stroll down Evans Street, you’ll enjoy an intriguing blend of fishing charters, diving & tour boats, art galleries, seaside boutiques, restaurants, taverns, & cafes.
Jaycee Park (mapped) features concerts, art shows, and festivals complete with an outdoor stage, seating, and restrooms. The Morehead City Recreation Center features indoor and outdoor facilities holding fitness and art classes, a basketball court, a playground, and a small pier bordering the Calico Creek for fishing and sightseeing. The Morehead City Sports Center is a 27.7 acre park featuring 2 olympic sized pools, seaside massage therapy, 40 pieces of cardio equipment, soccer and baseball fields, basketball and racquetball courts, yoga, strength training, boxing and swim lessons, an exercise trail and picnic shelters. The Crystal Coast Civic Center (directly behind Carteret Community College on map) is an impressive 20,000 square foot waterfront venue hosting some of the areas finest events including the North Carolina Coastal Federation Pelican Awards, The Carolina Chocolate Festival, The Coastal Home & Garden Show, & The Crystal Coast Bridal Fair, just to name a few.
Morehead City houses the Carteret Community Theater, founded in 1948. The actors, performers, musicians, and technical volunteers hail from the Southern Outer Banks region and have casted over 200 major productions. A few of the recent plays include Grease, The Grinch, and the infamous Blackbeard: Raider of the Carolina Seas. The local talent that is orchestrated and projected within the Carteret County Community Theater is as captivating and enchanting as the land it was established on over 70 years ago, The Crystal Coast.
Golfing enthusiasts will enjoy the Morehead City Country Club, recently renovated and hosting special events including live bands, magicians, comedians, casino nights, movie nights, specialty dinners & pool parties. Beachcombers will find their happiness at Radio Island (mapped). This small island situated between Beaufort & Morehead City has a public beach access, parking, and restrooms. Radio Island is IDEAL for families with small children and pets and the elderly because it is part of the Intracoastal Waterway featuring a sandy beach with crystal clear water and mild wave action. It is like the kiddie-pool of the Atlantic Ocean, but not to be taken lightly as there are still all creatures of the ocean living and thriving in the waters. Across Highway 70, on the north side of Radio Island you will find a public boat launch and a 575’ ft fishing pier hovering the Newport River, just the right spot to cast a line or launch a kayak.
Welcome to The Gem of the Crystal Coast. We have only highlighted a few of our favorite facets of Morehead City. The vibrance and energy that flows in this seaside city cannot be captured in any blog or webpage. At Barefoot-Chandler & Associates Real Estate, we understand that we are blessed to live here and work here and we always welcome the opportunity to help people Experience: Morehead City, North Carolina.
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