Introduction to Morehead City, North Carolina
Morehead City, North Carolina, in Carteret county, is 40 miles E of Jacksonville, North Carolina (center to center) and 130 miles SE of Raleigh, North Carolina. The town has a population of approximately 7,691.
Morehead City History
In the early 1850s, Shepard Point Land Company purchased the land of present day Morehead City. The community was named in honor of John Motley Morehead, the 29th Governor of North Carolina. Construction of railroads began in 1855, and rail service was established in July of 1858. Morehead City was officially incorporated in 1860, and it was occupied by the Federal troops in 1862.
Morehead City and Nearby Attractions
- Carteret County Museum of History and Art
- North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores
- Fort Macon State Park
- Beaufort Historic Site
Things To Do In Morehead City
The North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores, which is located in the Theodore Roosevelt Natural Area, is a popular area attraction. Fort Macon State Park, bordered by the Bogue Sound, Atlantic, and Beaufort Inlet, includes a Civil War fort and offers facilities for hiking, fishing, and swimming. The Parkway Shopping Center is a popular shopping center in the town. Morehead City also offers easy access to the Carteret County Museum of History and Art, and the Beaufort Historical Site. The community celebrates the North Carolina Seafood Festival in October every year.
Morehead City Transportation
The closest major airport is Craven County Regional Airport.
Morehead City Higher Education
Carteret Community College is located in Morehead City. Also close by are Coastal Carolina Community College, Pitt Community College, and East Carolina University.