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Belhaven is located on Pantego Creek just off the Intracoastal Waterway. In 1928, the ACIW was officially opened at a ceremony held on the grounds of the River Forest Manor in Belhaven. Belhaven was officially named the Birthplace of the ACIW in 2013. Each year, on the third Saturday in September, the town celebrates this event with and Intracoastal Waterway Festival.

The town was established in 1899 and it's picturesque downtown waterfront district is still home to many attractive historic buildings and the homes of that era. Downtown is home to shops, restaurants, a museum, churches, several nice bed and breakfasts, banks and other professional offices.

To ad to its rich history, Belhaven ahs a mild four season climate and offer boundless opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. Belhaven has become a popular destination for many visitors.

Boaters of all type are treated to almost year-round sailing, power boating, paddling and fishing. Hunters from around the country come to hunt the varied wildlife Eastern North Carolina has to offer.

Belhaven boasts as being the home of Eva Narcissus Boyd (June 29, 1943 ā€“ April 10, 2003) known by the stage name of Little Eva (after a character from Uncle Tom's Cabin), was an American pop singer of the song "The Loco-Motion". Belhaven is also the home of Clifford James ā€œCJā€ Wilson (born March 30, 1987). He is an American football defensive end for the Oakland Raiders of the NFL. Wilson was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the seventh round of the 2010 NFL Draft and played with them when they became Super Bowl XLV Champions. He played college football at East Carolina.

One of the highlights of a visit to Belhaven is the River Forest Manor. It was constructed in 1899 by John Wilkinson. It is currently undergoing a complete renovation and should reopen sometime in 2016. The marina and several adjacent guest rooms will open in 2015.

So, if you visit Belhaven be sure to stop by the Belhaven Community Chamber of Commerce/Visitors Center. The Chamber acts as a clearing house that provides area tourist information, maps, and updates on area event and attractions.

Belhaven is truly a Beautiful Harbor, offering the best of all worlds just waiting to be discovered!

Helpful Links:

Belhaven Museum
Pantego Academy Historical Museum
Belhaven Yacht Club
River Rat Yacht Club
IntraCoastal Waterway
Beaufort County
Historic Bath
Hyde County
Goose Creek State Park
Washington Beaufort County Chamber of Commerce

Belhaven Water Street Bed & Breakfast. Ltd
Bellport Inn
J & L Tourist House

Belhaven Area Churches Directory