About Our Area
Beaufort / Down East
It was around 1709 when the town located on the site of the former Coree Indian village, Cwarioc, meaning “fish town” was established. It is said that Blackbeard was a frequent visitor to Core Sound, perhaps residing at the Hammock House when in the neighborhood. He would, according to legend, merely anchor his ship in the creek, row to the house, and tie up on the porch post. There are other stories about his association with the Hammock House as well, including the burial of treasure in the yard, although none has been found. Recently, almost 300 years after the incident, the wreckage of what is believed to be Blackbeard’s ship the Queen Anne’s Revenge was discovered by divers in the present Beaufort inlet between Shackelford Banks and Bogue Banks. Artifacts are being brought to the surface, cleaned, preserved, and displayed at the North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort. Beaufort’s streets, waterfront, and surrounding areas have not changed drastically since the 1700s. Houses that were built in the eighteenth century on Front Street, particularly in the first and second block, are still standing today, occupied by families whose ancestors helped develop the town. The families who came, built, lived, and died in Beaufort continue today through their many descendents. Although many newcomers have moved to the area in the past 25 years, Beaufort is still a very unique and blessed place to live and visit offering loads of activities and access to some of the country’s most beautiful waterways and beaches.
Morehead City, NC
Morehead City was the brainchild of John Motley Morehead, governor of North Carolina from 1841 to 1845. Governor Morehead foresaw the commercial potential of Shepherd’s Point,the promontory at the intersection of the Newport River and Beaufort Inlet, and envisioned “a great commercial city” there. Morehead and his associates acquired a large portion of the surrounding property and then made plans to extend the North Carolina Railroad from Goldsboro to Shepherd’s Point. A public auction was held in 1857, and 150 lots were sold in the new town. Within three days of the celebration of the railroad’s completion in 1858, every property parcel in the city and the surrounding area was sold. The Civil War interrupted Morehead City’s development as a port. Following the war, the shipping terminal deteriorated, but the railroad continued hauling vast quantities of seafood to the state’s inland sections. In the late 1800s, Morehead City received a new group of residents from nearby Shackleford Banks. Many whaling families were driven from Diamond City and the other Shackleford settlements by the great hurricane of 1899. While most of these salty folk moved to Harkers Island, one group came to Morehead City and settled along present-day Bridges Street in a tract still known as the “Promised Land.” Until recently, Morehead City was known more as a resort community than a major port. A large charter-fishing fleet, the town’s central location on the ICW, and the proximity to Atlantic Beach have all served to promote Morehead City as an ideal spot to spend a summer vacation. This popularity continues unabated. It is rare indeed to find a North Carolinian who has not spent at least one vacation in Morehead City. Governor Morehead’s belief in the commercial viability of the city has been vindicated at last. Under Governor Kerr Scott, a large bond program was approved which funded a modern port terminal. Commercial traffic has steadily increased since those early days.
Atlantic Beach / Pine Knoll Shores / Indian Beach / Salter Path / Emerald Isle
Of course, the highlight of a visit to the Crystal Coast is the beaches. With hundreds of miles of sub-tropical oceanfront real estate, visitors can choose from the unspoiled deserted beaches of Cape Lookout National Seashore to the bustling vacation mecca of Bogue Banks, more popularly known as Atlantic Beach and Emerald Isle. Beachcombers will delight in watching nesting loggerhead turtles at Hammock’s Beach State Park, while families will enjoy the amenities and activities at Fort Macon State Park. Horse lovers will revel in a moonlight ride along the shores of the Pamlico Sound at White Sands Trail Rides, while others will enjoy viewing the wild horses of Carrot Island from the Beaufort waterfront. Whatever your beach vacation pleasure, the Crystal Coast has something for everyone. The Beaufort State Historic Site transports visitors back to colonial days, when Beaufort was the largest seaport in the Carolina colony. At Fort Macon State Park, step back in time to the Civil War. And at the North Carolina Maritime Museum, get a glimpse into North Carolina’s strong historical bond with the sea-including Blackbeard’s connection to the area. Parents will love the wealth of kid’s activities available as well. A rainy day doesn’t have to spoil your vacation here. The North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores offers dozens of programs for kids, as does the Maritime Museum in Beaufort. The arts are alive and well on the Crystal Coast, too. Events such as the North Carolina Seafood festival and the Beaufort Music festival bring together artisans, performers, and crafters from all over the country to entertain and dazzle with their craft. Local artists also shine in places such as the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum on Harker’s Island or the juried artist shows planned several times a year by the Carteret County Arts and Crafts Coalition.
Cape Carteret / Cedar Point / Swansboro
A beautiful and historic waterfront community located at the mouth of the White Oak River, where the river joins the Atlantic Ocean and flows past the pristine beaches of Bear Island. Founded in 1783, the “Friendly City by the Sea” offers a historic downtown district overlooking the water, numerous opportunities for coastal recreation, and a progressive town government that works to balance high quality community growth with conservation of the community’s natural and historic resources. The home of Hammocks Beach State Park and its unspoiled beaches, Swansboro boasts a beautiful small harbor adjacent to the Intracoastal Waterway and is only three miles from coastal recreational facilities in the Croatan National Forest. The unique village atmosphere in Swansboro’s historic downtown area offers opportunity to enjoy the community’s heritage while shopping in an area alive with restaurants, boutiques, gift shops, and waterside parks. Host to a wide variety of major events from the Arts by the Sea Festival, the Mullet Festival, Candlelight Shopping, and the Christmas Flotilla to an annual Oyster Roast, an annual Pig Cook-Off, the Blue Water Fishing Tournament, the King Mackerel Tournament, and the Speckled Trout Tournament Swansboro offers some of the best hospitality on the North Carolina coast.Popular activities available in Swansboro and the surrounding area include beach-going, fishing, boating, camping, kayaking, golf, shopping, the arts, and amusement parks.
Hubert is located in Onslow County North Carolina and on the north side of Camp Legeune Marine Corps Military Base. Hubert runs along the Inter Costal water way and is transverse by inlets and waterways. The weather is greatly affected by the Gulf Stream just off the coast. We enjoy a four seasons a year without most of the ice and snow that effects inland North Carolina. Property values are on the rise due to the incredible sea food, weather, people, and access to the beautiful waterways of Onslow County. Jacksonville and Swansboro are the key towns in the county and Hubert falls under them for civil and law. Our community is full of long time local residence and military members.
The City of Jacksonville is the commercial hub of Onslow County and home to Camp Legeune Marine Corps Base and Marine Corps Air Station New River . The City has grown rapidly since 1941 when Camp Lejeune was established, and possesses a rich history dating back to 1731. Some 81,873 people make the city their home. The once quiet farming community has grown into the business, retail, medical, banking and cultural center for Onslow County. In 1992, Jacksonville was named an All-America City by the National Civic League. This award was a direct result of the active involvement of citizens in the governance of the community. Jacksonville promotes the collaborative interaction of citizens, government, business, and the voluntary sector in the resolution of public issues and the solving of shared problems. Jacksonville has grown rapidly since 1941 when Camp Lejeune was established. The same qualities that drew the Marine Corps to build the “World’s Most Complete Amphibious Base” in Onslow County were also some of the same qualities that caused the City to be formed along the New River.