North Carolina-Carteret County-February 24

North Carolina People, Places, and Things-February 24

I am the dad to five adult children. As they were growing up I attempted to remind them they were special and to implore them to learn something new. My goal was to do that daily.

In 2016 my goal is to learn something new daily on the people, places, and things that make North Carolina special.

It makes sense that the oldest counties in North Carolina are located on the coast. Carteret County fits that profile having been created as a precinct in 1722 and a county in 1739. It boundaries were carved out of Craven County.

Carteret County depicted in RED.

carteret county

The county gets its name in honor of Sir John Carteret, who later became the Earl of Granville and one of the Lords Proprietors of North Carolina.

sir john carteret

Beaufort, Carteret’s county seat, is the third oldest town in North Carolina.  It was first known appropriately as Fishtown because the fishing industry was and has been an important part of the county’s history.  Beaufort was later named for Henry Somerset, Duke of Beaufort.

As early as 1706, white settlers of Huguenot, German, Scotch-Irish, French, and English descent arrived in the region.  Most had migrated southward from northern American colonies rather than from Europe.

Morehead City is the county’s largest city and was not established until 1858.  It started as a railroad town and eventually attracted tourists.  Today, tourism has replaced agriculture and exporting as Carteret County’s largest industry.

morehead city yacht

Carteret County also includes part of the Outer Banks. The portion inside the county includes Cape Lookout Lighthouse headed north up to just south of Ocracoke.

cape lookout lighthouse

Outer banks


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