"Downtown Morehead City is the premier year round waterfront destination for both residents and visitors known for its vibrant opportunities to live, work, and play."



"Downtown Morehead City, Inc. promotes, enhances and preserves the downtown community by fostering economic growth."



Where is Downtown Morehead City?
The commercial and residential area from the NC Port to 14th Street and north to Calico Creek and south to Bogue Sound, including Sugarloaf Island.


What is the Downtown Morehead City, Inc.?
Downtown Morehead City, Inc. is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization dedicated to making Downtown Morehead City a vital community. This is done through the Main Street 4-Point Approach to downtown revitalization strategy: Organization – Promotion – Economic Restructuring - Design.


How did Downtown Morehead City, Inc. begin and why?
In November 1996, the Morehead City East division of the Carteret County Chamber of Commerce determined it would be beneficial to the community to develop ways to improve business conditions to attract more people to the waterfront and Arendell Street.

In April 1997 a presentation was made about the NC Main Street Program and 65 people attended. From that group, a 17-member steering committee was formed, consisting of interested downtown business and property owners, Chamber of Commerce, Downtown MHC Merchant’s Association and town and county government officials.

This group reorganized itself into the present Downtown MHC Revitalization Association in July 1997. 

Morehead City became a Main Street Community in June 2000.

The organization voted to rename toDowntown Morehead City, Inc. in 2017.


Morehead City is an NC Main Street Community


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Downtown Morehead City, Inc. Raising Funds for City Plaza Construction

The third order of paving stones for the plaza and fountain at the ‘Jib’ property took place on January 15th, 2015.

New paving stones will be placed in the walkway around the perimeter of the fountain which was completed in September of 2013.

Downtown Morehead City, Inc.  is selling the paving stones to help offset the city’s cost of building the fountain and the plaza as well as raising money for its own projects.


Big Rock fountain. Big Rock plaza, Morehead City, NC.

In addition to Morehead City’s efforts in making the plaza a reality, the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament organizers donated the 17-foot, bronze, hand-crafted statue of a blue marlin leaping out of the water and they’ve also given a $50,000 grant to the city to go toward construction.

The fountain serves as a perpetual trophy for the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament and the Big Rock Keli Wagner Lady Angler Tournament.

All of the past and future winners of both tournaments are memorialized with a permanent etching on the base of the fountain.



Lisa Rueh
Executive Director


Amy Suggs
Administrative Assistant

Board of Directors
Downtown Morehead City, Inc. 2017 

Forrest Berry, Doug Brady, Bruce Caldwell, Steve Chalk, Walter Davis, Holly Fletcher, Lee Hinson, Cheryl Mansfield, Erin Meeks, Shana Olmstead, Bill Rogerson, Sue Stanley, Bill Taylor, Dean Vick, Mandy Vick


Ex-Officio Members
Perry Harker, Lawrence (Chip) Killmeier, Linda Staab, Tom Kies, Eugene Foxworth (Gene), Dale Edwards, Gray Hall, Sandi Watkins



The Train Depot is equipped with:

64 Upholstered
10 Black Plastic

Catering Kitchen:

Presentation Equipment:

Round 60-inch, 8 quantity, seats 8 adults, table cloths 120-inches to floor/90-inches with overhang
Rectangular serving table, 1 quantity, 8-feet long by 2.5-feet deep, table cloth 10-feet by 5-feet
Rectangular seating tables, 6 quantity, seats 10 adults, 8-feet long by 2.5-feet deep, table cloth 10-feet by 5-feet
NOTE: Table cloths are NOT supplied. Renting tenant must provide (rent/purchase) own for event. Sizes are listed above for convenience and should be checked by renting tenant.

Train Depot Building Layout (PDF)

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