Belhaven Travel Guide

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Belhaven Things to Do

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    Belhaven Memorial Museum

    by grandmaR Updated Apr 16, 2005

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    This is the only 'thing' to do in Belhaven unless you just want to walk around town.

    Eva Blount Way began her collection with a collection of buttons she inherited and she added to it until she had 80,000. I was particularly interested in the button collection because my grandmother also collected buttons.

    The museum also includes old coins, shells, early American kitchenware, furniture, old farm tools, Civil War guns and World War helmets. Other items on display range from rocks and stones from Will Roger’s stable and the Wall of Jericho to three prenatal babies in jars (given to Mrs. Way by the town doctor), an 8 legged pig, several snakes killed by Mrs. Way; one stuffed, swallowing a wooden egg, another made into a necktie, a dress worn by a local 700-pound woman (she died in bed and had to be craned out the window), a ten-inch-wide ball of string (saved by Mrs. Way), a flea bride and groom (may be viewed with a magnifying glass), and jars of Mrs. Way's home canned products (now well over 30 years old). The museum sells souvenir cookbooks. Mrs. Way started showing her collection in her own home as a way to raise money for the Red Cross. It is now housed in the Town Hall which is on the National Register of Historic Landmarks.

    The website says it is open 1-5 PM everday except Wednesday except on major holidays, but that doesn't include Saturday or Sunday, as it is not open on weekends. Also 1 pm is somewhat flexible - it opens when the attendant gets there. Free, but donations desired.

    Bob sitting in front of museum with a sign Button collection Looking down the street to the museum/town hall Town Hall and Museum from bridge Dollhouse
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Belhaven Restaurants

  • Closed

    I have been told that the Helmsman is now closed. Some people are happy about this, but others are not. Whatever is the special. The first time we went, we both had the pork chop special (two chops, with two vegetables for $6.95). We both had a stuffed potato, and Bob had lima beans and I had a pasta bean salad. This consisted of spiral pasta with...

  • Belhaven Breakfast Good and Plenty

    This is the place for breakfast. Great pancakes. Relaxed atmosphereStays a great place to eat Pancakes, breakfast in general. Biscuits, you are expected to relax. Breakfast for two with coffee about $10, total, not each.

  • Great Selection of Wines

    Wine and words has nice appetizers and a surprisingly good selection of wines and specialty beers. You can go and enjoy an appetizer for supper and purchase specialty beers for what they are retailing from the store. I had a very good Carribeanian Beer. The wine tasting on the weekends is a nice treat and value. The Beer and wine selection.

  • FishHooks Great Seafood and more

    FishHooks is a new Restaurant in Belhaven. Very good. Excellent Seafood. Even better vegetable dishes, serves beer and mixed drinks. A must for Belhaven I like the yellow squash caserole. It is almost a souffle. They also make the "pineapple caserole, this is also a treat. My wife and I always order extra vegetables, it cost $1.50 and they are...

  • Breakfast and Lunch and Snack Bar

    There is a whole section of East Main Street devoted to various O'Neals properties. There is a drug store on the corner, and a gift (Hallmark) shop plus this restaurant cum snack bar. It is only open for breakfast and lunch so we've never eaten here, but when we had an extra day in Belhaven, I walked up into town to take some pictures and I ate a...

  • Sunday Buffet

    On Sunday evening, if any restaurant is open within walking distance of the marinas in Belhaven it will be this one. This place is a hotel, and marina which is also associated with a shipyard and on-line store. This is what they say about the place:"In 1899, John Aaron Wilkinson, President of J.L. Roper Lumber Company and Vice-President of Norfolk...


Belhaven Transportation

  • Sailing in

    We've usually visited Belhaven by boat. It makes a convenient stopover when transiting the ICW. Unfortunately one marina that we've stayed at has been completely leveled, and the other one is for sale. This shows the views of the shore and Aids to Navigation (mainly the red and green marker at the river entrance)

  • Electric golf carts

    There are a surprising number of privately owned electric cars in town, and the marinas have electric golf carts for the use of transient boaters to get out to the grocery store which is several miles out of town. The American Eagle (a small cruise ship) stops in Belhaven at Robb's Marina to get fuel and the passengers get off and take the carts...

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Belhaven Local Customs

  • St James Episcopal Church

    Understated little church at 407 E Main St, Belhaven, NC 27810. There were four churchs within about 2 blocks of each other, none of which appear to have any presence on the internet.

  • Trinity United Methodist Church

    This church is on 333 East Main Street, Belhaven, NC 27810 and the parsonage is down the street from it. Across from the church is where the local police had the speed radar set up to tell drivers how fast they were going. I wasn't going fast enough to register on it.

  • First Christian Church

    As I walked down Main Street on my way back to the marina, I came to this church at 419 East Main. The pastor is Dr. Michael Price.


Belhaven Warnings and Dangers

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    One horse town

    by grandmaR Updated Mar 24, 2009

    There are only 3 or 4 pay phone booths in Belhaven, and there is little open on the weekends in town.

    There are all of two traffic lights and no gas stations right in town. When the Dowry Creek Marina lent a van to us to go into town to get a meal, we couldn't find a gas station to put gas in the van.

    There is no grocery store right in town. The Food Lion doesn't count even if it is in the town limits because it is a right good walk from a boat.

    The Helmsman restaurant is closed for good and that means there are not many places to eat.

    The town dock can not be used overnight (according to the sign) and while it may be a rumor that boats there will be confiscated. I wouldn't want to test it.

    If you borrow a golf cart from a marina, it will be ticketed if it is out after dusk. Note that the speed limit in town is 25 mph, even though the street is wide and there's little traffic.

    Town Dock Main street in front of the town hall A restaurant?

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Belhaven Off The Beaten Path

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    Pungo District Hospital

    by grandmaR Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    It is hoped that this will really be off the beaten track for you, because going to the hospital isn't one of the things that one wants to do on a trip. It is farther along the waterfront, past the marinas and the dinghy dock at 210 East Water Street

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Belhaven Sports & Outdoors

  • MM 135.9 Better Anchorage

    Up by the hospital is another anchorage in the Belhaven harbor. . From here you can dinghy to Belhaven's visitor dinghy dock and walk to Food Lion, Dollar store, pharmacy and propane fill. Note that propane tanks are heavy. Photo 2 shows a chart Sign says:"Welcome to Belhaven, NC Visitor's Dinghy Dock""You may tie up your dingy boat or other...

  • GONE - Robb's Marina

    Robb's Marina has now been leveled to the ground.The actual name of the marina was Marlen C. Robb & Son Boatyard & MarinaRobb's Marina was hated by many people partly because of the owner and/or former employee. We've stayed there 3 times because it is cheap, and have never had a problem with them. However, I understand they've now gone out of...

  • MM 135.7 Belhaven Waterway Marina

    I have been told that this marina is for sale in 2009Belhaven Waterway Marina is $1.00/ft and $3.00 for 30 amp electric. You will be greeted by Les and Brenda Porter. Les and Brenda bought a 1928 35-foot wooden motor launch about 16 years ago and fixed it up as a live-aboard. The boat is beautiful and they called it Loafalong. They took it cruising...


Belhaven Favorites

  • Water Under the Bridge

    I took this photo and thought this was a clever title for it. This is a small roadway bridge on Water Street just before you get to the Pungo County Hospital. (Water under Water Street) It was near the Belhaven Waterway marina, and there is a small dock for dinghys next to it.There is a dinghy dock which you pay to use, but I don't think that this...

  • Hurricane Damage

    After six hurricanes in four years descended upon the town of Belhaven - seven, if you consider that one of the storms visit twice - (Bertha, Fran, and Josephine and then Bonnie, Dennis twice, and Floyd, and then in 2004 Isabel), with flooding up to four feet, the town has gotten some kind of funding from FEMA to raise all the houses up. On your...

  • Backwater on the Pungo

    There is a good internet site on: Belhaven which has a whole collection of antique post cards including some of Belhaven. Belhaven is a little different now than it was back in the old days. It is quieter and less developed now. It is relaxing to stroll along the wide streets of the town looking at the pretty houses as long as you don't need to...


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