History Museum of Carteret County

History Museum of Carteret County The History Museum of Carteret County is operated by the CC Historical Society, and features exhibits, lectures, research library and a 2500 sf auditorium for rentals - weddings, receptions, reunions.

The Carteret County Historical Society is housed within its History Museum of Carteret County..Within the museum, we have galleries, a research center, store/shop, and a rental hall for large gatherings.. Don’t forget to stop by the Infusion Café.

Operating as usual

We parked over 350 cars this Seafood Festival weekend past! Thanks all for supporting your county historical society!
10/08/2021

We parked over 350 cars this Seafood Festival weekend past! Thanks all for supporting your county historical society!

We parked over 350 cars this Seafood Festival weekend past! Thanks all for supporting your county historical society!

10/07/2021

Please pass the word that the program by Rodney Kemp scheduled for tomorrow has been postponed due to a passing of one of Rodney's closest friends. His "The Lost Colony" program will now occur on October 15th...already purchased tickets or reservations will be honored at this later date. sorry for the inconvenience. STEVE ANDERSON

Local chapter, Daughters of the Confederacy, circa 1955, on the Morehead City waterfront. Photo by Jerry Schumacher.
10/06/2021

Local chapter, Daughters of the Confederacy, circa 1955, on the Morehead City waterfront. Photo by Jerry Schumacher.

Local chapter, Daughters of the Confederacy, circa 1955, on the Morehead City waterfront. Photo by Jerry Schumacher.

The Sanitary, Morehead City Waterfront, circa 1955, by Jerry Schumacher.
10/06/2021

The Sanitary, Morehead City Waterfront, circa 1955, by Jerry Schumacher.

The Sanitary, Morehead City Waterfront, circa 1955, by Jerry Schumacher.

Wait staff of Cap'm Bill's restuarant, Morehead City waterfront, circa 1955. Photo by Jerry Schumacher.
10/06/2021

Wait staff of Cap'm Bill's restuarant, Morehead City waterfront, circa 1955. Photo by Jerry Schumacher.

Wait staff of Cap'm Bill's restuarant, Morehead City waterfront, circa 1955. Photo by Jerry Schumacher.

This maritime tragedy is well documented in our photo and archive collection.
10/04/2021

This maritime tragedy is well documented in our photo and archive collection.

On this day in 1961 the fuel tanker U.S.N.S. Potomac caught fire and exploded at Radio Island in the Morehead City harbor. The ship's sea suction valve was open which allowed fuel to spill into the water. The leaking cargo was carried with the tide towards a small vessel where three men were fishing. In an attempt to get away from the strong fumes the fishermen pulled anchor and headed towards the bridges but ran into a cable causing the boat to come to a sudden stop. Onboard the fishing craft a small gas lantern had been knocked over and a fire started, all three men jumped overboard and swam to safety, the flames from the small fire travelled on the water about 500 yards towards the tanker. The Potomac quickly ignited and at 6:55 p.m. a large explosion rocked the ship. Ten minutes later another explosion occurred when the aft tanks of the vessel caught fire, the blast was felt over two miles away. All but one of the twenty two crew members onboard survived after abandoning ship. The charter sport fishing boat Bunny Too came in close to the burning Potomac to pull survivors from the water. Numerous other vessels came to assist in rescues and to help put out the fire. Among them were the U.S.C.G. Cutter Chilula, small support vessels front the USS Valley Forge, the USS Lindenwald and the USS Terrebonne Parish. Parts of the Potomac were still on fire by October 1 when salvage operations started. The bow section of the destroyed vessel remained in the harbor until April 1963.The charred remains of the stern sat in the water until October 1963 when it was towed to Newport News. It was eventually rebuilt and became part of the tanker Shenandoah. Image from the Carteret County News Times.

09/30/2021

Come to the Seafood Festival and park with us! Support your local county historical society!

Arnold Kent Adams, Rest In Peace.November 3, 1943 ~ September 22, 2021 (age 77)
09/22/2021

Arnold Kent Adams, Rest In Peace.
November 3, 1943 ~ September 22, 2021 (age 77)

Arnold Kent Adams, Rest In Peace.
November 3, 1943 ~ September 22, 2021 (age 77)

And we were there....
09/18/2021

And we were there....

This from the PKS "Shoreline" this week:Out and About October 2021By Sara Barbee”History is a relentless master. It has ...
09/11/2021

This from the PKS "Shoreline" this week:
Out and About October 2021
By Sara Barbee

”History is a relentless master. It has no present, only the past rushing
into the future. To try to hold fast is to be swept aside.” John F. Kennedy

Most of us would like to leave a legacy behind, a gift that made the world a better place. “Anchoring Our Past to the Present” exhibit at the History Museum of Carteret County acknowledges the efforts of individuals who, over the last 50 years, have left a legacy of this county’s history for future generations. Interwoven with the devoted work of recognized individuals in this exhibit are snapshots illustrating years of county history.
How did this legacy of historical preservation begin? Writer and photographer (from “off”) Frank Salisbury promoted all of Carteret County’s rich past. Against a backdrop photo of Morehead City circa 1900, Salisbury’s camera, phone, and typewriter illustrate the tools of the founder of the original Carteret County Historical Society in 1954. Through an extensive collection in the museum of Salisbury’s photographs and writings, much of Carteret County’s history was documented.
Sir George Carteret, our Lord Proprietor, welcomes us to this exhibit. In 1663 England’s King Charles II granted him this land in the new world.
In 1971 across the river in Beaufort two women, Jean Kell and Emily Loftin, revived Salisbury’s vision. They focused on genealogy and worked for the preservation of cemeteries. They recorded the entire county’s history. “Our mission encompasses the collection, preservation and interpretation of the history of Cedar Point to Cedar Island and the Croatan Forest to the beaches of the Outer Banks”; in other words, all of Carteret County, North Carolina. The Carteret County Historical Society today still is a county-wide, membership and mission-driven organization.
Teachers and community builders are pictured here, fishermen, poets, writers, roads and highways that were not paved, a golf hat from the 1980s, the nostalgic Atlantic Beach Circle, a band uniform from 2009. The sweep and scope of our history unfolds as one walks through this exhibit. Kay Hewitt, Les Ewen, Cindi Hamilton, Jack Goodwin, Tibbie Roberts, Carol Bessent Hayman and many preservation-driven individuals are here.
A film entitled Rambling with Rodney ends the exhibit with our own fish tale liar, Rodney Kemp, visiting the different areas of the county from Cedar Point to Cedar Island and the Croatan Forest to the beaches of the Outer Banks. The way each area is presented helps clarify for the viewer where those places are in the county. Rodney is a retired teacher and an eminent local history scholar-storyteller. If you haven’t attended one of his presentations at this Museum, do it. You will be entertained and learn Carteret County’s history.
Well done Steve Anderson, Executive Director of The History Museum of Carteret County! He pulled together a wealth of information and displayed it in meaningful, attractive ways. Steve not only archives objects of historical significance, he builds the cases to show them, paints the backdrops that add depth, and arranges an exhibit for visitors to the museum to learn about this history.
This museum needs volunteers who are students of history and desiring to learn about Carteret County. There are many artifacts waiting to be catalogued. Whether you are new here or just have never had the time, this is a perfect place for you to embrace and share your county’s history. The Society’s mission is to collect, preserve, research, document and interpret the human history and culture of Carteret County, North Carolina

This from the PKS "Shoreline" this week:
Out and About October 2021
By Sara Barbee

”History is a relentless master. It has no present, only the past rushing
into the future. To try to hold fast is to be swept aside.” John F. Kennedy

Most of us would like to leave a legacy behind, a gift that made the world a better place. “Anchoring Our Past to the Present” exhibit at the History Museum of Carteret County acknowledges the efforts of individuals who, over the last 50 years, have left a legacy of this county’s history for future generations. Interwoven with the devoted work of recognized individuals in this exhibit are snapshots illustrating years of county history.
How did this legacy of historical preservation begin? Writer and photographer (from “off”) Frank Salisbury promoted all of Carteret County’s rich past. Against a backdrop photo of Morehead City circa 1900, Salisbury’s camera, phone, and typewriter illustrate the tools of the founder of the original Carteret County Historical Society in 1954. Through an extensive collection in the museum of Salisbury’s photographs and writings, much of Carteret County’s history was documented.
Sir George Carteret, our Lord Proprietor, welcomes us to this exhibit. In 1663 England’s King Charles II granted him this land in the new world.
In 1971 across the river in Beaufort two women, Jean Kell and Emily Loftin, revived Salisbury’s vision. They focused on genealogy and worked for the preservation of cemeteries. They recorded the entire county’s history. “Our mission encompasses the collection, preservation and interpretation of the history of Cedar Point to Cedar Island and the Croatan Forest to the beaches of the Outer Banks”; in other words, all of Carteret County, North Carolina. The Carteret County Historical Society today still is a county-wide, membership and mission-driven organization.
Teachers and community builders are pictured here, fishermen, poets, writers, roads and highways that were not paved, a golf hat from the 1980s, the nostalgic Atlantic Beach Circle, a band uniform from 2009. The sweep and scope of our history unfolds as one walks through this exhibit. Kay Hewitt, Les Ewen, Cindi Hamilton, Jack Goodwin, Tibbie Roberts, Carol Bessent Hayman and many preservation-driven individuals are here.
A film entitled Rambling with Rodney ends the exhibit with our own fish tale liar, Rodney Kemp, visiting the different areas of the county from Cedar Point to Cedar Island and the Croatan Forest to the beaches of the Outer Banks. The way each area is presented helps clarify for the viewer where those places are in the county. Rodney is a retired teacher and an eminent local history scholar-storyteller. If you haven’t attended one of his presentations at this Museum, do it. You will be entertained and learn Carteret County’s history.
Well done Steve Anderson, Executive Director of The History Museum of Carteret County! He pulled together a wealth of information and displayed it in meaningful, attractive ways. Steve not only archives objects of historical significance, he builds the cases to show them, paints the backdrops that add depth, and arranges an exhibit for visitors to the museum to learn about this history.
This museum needs volunteers who are students of history and desiring to learn about Carteret County. There are many artifacts waiting to be catalogued. Whether you are new here or just have never had the time, this is a perfect place for you to embrace and share your county’s history. The Society’s mission is to collect, preserve, research, document and interpret the human history and culture of Carteret County, North Carolina

OK, presenting, L-R: Ina Willis, T/Prudy Salter, DeElla Wade sitting above, and Ona Willis. All are riding a Morehead Mo...
09/08/2021

OK, presenting, L-R: Ina Willis, T/Prudy Salter, DeElla Wade sitting above, and Ona Willis. All are riding a Morehead Motors float in Morehead City .....but what parade. This is after they all graduated from MHC High School. Can you name the year or the event/parade they were in? Thanks for all the help!.

OK, presenting, L-R: Ina Willis, T/Prudy Salter, DeElla Wade sitting above, and Ona Willis. All are riding a Morehead Motors float in Morehead City .....but what parade. This is after they all graduated from MHC High School. Can you name the year or the event/parade they were in? Thanks for all the help!.

It does look very nice. Thanks Lisa for all the help!
08/30/2021

It does look very nice. Thanks Lisa for all the help!

We are loving the new signage at the History Museum of Carteret County. They are our most recent façade grant recipients. 🤩

Did you know there is free design assistance and facade grants in the downtown district through Downtown Morehead City, Inc.? Email: [email protected] for more information. #ncmainstreet #downtownmhc #welovewherewelive

We are seeking info on the "Coastal Festivals" of the 1940s. This image is at the "Surf Club" which we've asked for comm...
08/27/2021

We are seeking info on the "Coastal Festivals" of the 1940s. This image is at the "Surf Club" which we've asked for comments about. Here’s what our local history fans have to say on this matter:

We said: “The 1949/1953 & 1956 Miss NC pageants were held in MHC (at the dog track) pretty well figured that out...it's just this "Coastal Festival" business puzzles us here to no end...Jaycees sponsored those and the Miss NC pageants, apparently.”
Jessi Ricketts Waugh then stated this: “The Surf Club was in Atlantic Beach at the circle – the Coastal Festival Queen was crowned there in 1938 (through 1941 I believe); I have seen a picture of the coastal festival queen crowning in 1938 there. The actual Coastal Festival [event] was held in downtown Morehead, from 1938 through World War II, Sponsored by the Jaycees, with a kid parade downtown. However, I believe it was not called the Surf Club until later, in 1945. It was called the Casino Pavilion before then; the Miss North Carolina pageant was there in 1930 I think? Jack Dudley’s book Bogue Banks pp 64 has Surf Club info. His Morehead City book has the Coastal Festival on pages 118- 119 with mention of the Surf Club pageant - It recommends A Pictorial Review of Morehead City for more on the Coastal Festival
Carly Frank asked: “Was the Dunes club ever referred to as the surf club? Interesting since the timeline of when the club was established sort of makes sense with the timeline of the photo.
Jordyn Reed replied: “it falls within the he timeline of the [Dunes] club. Construction began in 1939 and first opened doors in 1940. I'll have to check the history book and I can let you know.”

We are seeking info on the "Coastal Festivals" of the 1940s. This image is at the "Surf Club" which we've asked for comments about. Here’s what our local history fans have to say on this matter:

We said: “The 1949/1953 & 1956 Miss NC pageants were held in MHC (at the dog track) pretty well figured that out...it's just this "Coastal Festival" business puzzles us here to no end...Jaycees sponsored those and the Miss NC pageants, apparently.”
Jessi Ricketts Waugh then stated this: “The Surf Club was in Atlantic Beach at the circle – the Coastal Festival Queen was crowned there in 1938 (through 1941 I believe); I have seen a picture of the coastal festival queen crowning in 1938 there. The actual Coastal Festival [event] was held in downtown Morehead, from 1938 through World War II, Sponsored by the Jaycees, with a kid parade downtown. However, I believe it was not called the Surf Club until later, in 1945. It was called the Casino Pavilion before then; the Miss North Carolina pageant was there in 1930 I think? Jack Dudley’s book Bogue Banks pp 64 has Surf Club info. His Morehead City book has the Coastal Festival on pages 118- 119 with mention of the Surf Club pageant - It recommends A Pictorial Review of Morehead City for more on the Coastal Festival
Carly Frank asked: “Was the Dunes club ever referred to as the surf club? Interesting since the timeline of when the club was established sort of makes sense with the timeline of the photo.
Jordyn Reed replied: “it falls within the he timeline of the [Dunes] club. Construction began in 1939 and first opened doors in 1940. I'll have to check the history book and I can let you know.”

Presenting Wallace Styron Goodwin (1854-1926), married (1879) to wife Annice (nee Daniels) Goodwin (1859-1906), who had ...
08/26/2021

Presenting Wallace Styron Goodwin (1854-1926), married (1879) to wife Annice (nee Daniels) Goodwin (1859-1906), who had 9 children total, showing here is 6 year old son John Dorris Goodwin, and 2 year old daughter Dorothy Goodwin of Cedar Island, North Carolina, circa 1905.

Presenting Wallace Styron Goodwin (1854-1926), married (1879) to wife Annice (nee Daniels) Goodwin (1859-1906), who had 9 children total, showing here is 6 year old son John Dorris Goodwin, and 2 year old daughter Dorothy Goodwin of Cedar Island, North Carolina, circa 1905.

08/19/2021

We will have the museum open every Saturday through Labor Day Weekend; hours - 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., or longer if crowds persist....please make us linger longer....

08/17/2021

Rodney talk Friday August 20, 2021
"Across the Bridge to Harkers Island!"
Ebenezer Harker, first cousin to the one and only Benjamin Franklin, was also the first non-Native American to claim what we now call Harkers Island. Rodney will take us on a history-filled lookback into Ebenezer's life, and the general migration of people like him onto the outer banks of today's Carteret County.
Lunch is served at 11:30-members $15/non-members $20. Program only starts at 12:00 noon-Free for CCHS Members and $8.50 for non-members. Call 252-247-7533 or stop by the History Museum, 1008 Arendell St, downtown Morehead City by 3pm on Thursday August 19th to reserve your lunch or just your seat for the lecture. Lunch will be served by Taste of Napoli and will consist of Lasagna, Chicken Parm, Tossed Salad w/dressings, bread & mini Cannoli. Hope to see you there!
Call today for lunch reservations: 252-247-7533

08/17/2021

Help! In building our 50th Anniversary exhibit, (and cleaning things up) we burned out our shop vac and bupright vacuum cleaner! If you happen to have one or both in a good working order, we could use them at the museum. Thanks for passing on this message.

Need a wedding reception venue? We have a 2500 square foot event space that can accommodate 170 guests. Cost?: $200 depo...
08/17/2021

Need a wedding reception venue? We have a 2500 square foot event space that can accommodate 170 guests. Cost?: $200 deposit and $100 per hour for as long as you need it. Call us at 252-247-7533 and see if you date works.

Need a wedding reception venue? We have a 2500 square foot event space that can accommodate 170 guests. Cost?: $200 deposit and $100 per hour for as long as you need it. Call us at 252-247-7533 and see if you date works.

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1008 Arendell St
Morehead City, NC
28557

General information

The Carteret County Historical Society is a non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization run by volunteers and one full-time paid staff member and one part-time staff member. Our History Museum has a minimal charge of $3 per adult and $1 per child (5-18). Hours of operation are Tuesday-Friday plus 1st Saturday of each month (Winter Hours) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It's supported by donations, grants, fund-raisers and membership dues. The Historical Society publishes the CCHS Quarterly and various books related to Carteret County.

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Tuesday 10am - 4pm
Wednesday 10am - 4pm
Thursday 10am - 4pm
Friday 10am - 4pm

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+2522477533

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