Morehead City was created when the Governor of NC, in 1841, John Motley Morehead, saw the benefits of a commercial city where the Newport River and the Beaufort Inlet come together. Off in the distance is the Cape Lookout National Seashore. (Click to read about Cape Lookout) Morehead and his associates acquired a large portion of the surrounding property and extended the North Carolina Railroad from Goldsboro to this area.
After getting this land, an auction was held and all the property they owned was sold within three days. Morehead City, then became know as more of a resort area than a port area.
The waterfront is lined in large charter fishing boats. Since it is so close to the Atlantic Ocean and the Sound this makes a perfect area for fishing and pleasure boating. There are many small shops and stores along the water front and along the main street that runs through Morehead City, as well as restaurants, some that have been around for many, many years and have a reputation that continues to follow them and bring the tourist in year after year.
The approximate population of Morehead City, NC is 9000. Every year in October the “Seafood Festival” is held to celebrate the port, the commercial fishermen of the area and the wonderful seafood found in this area. There are always many bands, carnival rides, and vendors selling their delicious seafood and crafts as well as the “flounder fling”. Morehead City, NC also is host of the yearly Blue Marlin Tournament that is held every year in June. This brings in boats and fishermen from all over with daily weigh-ins and lots of action. Another fun time for anyone that is fortunate enough to be there during that time.
If this sounds like your dream area and an area that would keep you entertained, then please contact one of our agents and allow them to show you around and show you some of the beautiful homes and dwellings this neat city has to offer.