Carteret County, North Carolina


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Population (2010)




First Settled

First Settled By

Significance of County Name


Earlier Settlers from Craven County

Sir John Carteret,
2nd Earl of Granville

Other Significant Towns


Atlantic Beach

Cedar Island

Harker's Island


Morehead City






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A History of Carteret County


Cape Lookout Lighthouse

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Carteret Precinct was established in 1722 from Craven Precinct. Many standing structures predate that time, including Beaufort's famed Hammock House of 1709. Beaufort, the third oldest town in North Carolina, has a 21-block historic district which includes a boardwalk lined with boats on one side and unique shops and restaurants on the other.

Carteret Precinct was named after John Carteret, 2nd Baronet Carteret, 2nd Earl of Granville, one of the Lords Proprietors, and the only one not to sell his portion of Carolina to the Crown in 1729.

On March 8, 1738/9, all precincts were renamed as counties - so, Carteret Precinct became Carteret County.

History buffs will enjoy a visit to restored Fort Macon, which was built in 1834. Cape Lookout National Seashore runs from Beaufort to Ocracoke Inlet, consisting of a beautiful 55 miles of natural, undeveloped barrier islands. Since 1859, the Cape Lookout Lighthouse has shone its beacon as a welcoming signal to boaters and visitors alike. 

Click Here to learn about all of the known officers and men who served in the Carteret County Regiment of Militia during the American Revolution. All names in "blue/underscore" can be clicked on for additional information.
Click Here to view / download eight road maps of Carteret County.

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