Home of Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point and the U.S. Navy's NAVAIR Depot Cherry Point, the town of Havelock is proud of the roar of aircraft often heard here. The town of Havelock and the state of North Carolina value those who are serve in our nation's military forces. A joint federal/local project called the Military Growth Task Force is working to make sure that the local infrastructure is ready to receive incoming service members and their families. Havelock is proud of the roar of jet engines that can frequently be heard. The town's motto is "Pardon our noise! That's the sound of freedom!"
Havelock is a modern town with a population of 22,500 people located in Craven County, North Carolina. A few years ago the town celebrated its 50th birthday. Havelock grew up around MCAS Cherry Point which was begun in 1941. Like Havelock, the population is young: 30% are under 20 years of age and 35% are between the ages of 20 and 30. There are four elementary schools in Havelock, two middle schools and a high school. Craven Community College has an auxiliary campus in the town. There's an active branch of the county library.
There's always something happening in Havelock, it seems. A quick web search will turn a long list of events, organizations and information. The most important event of the year is the annual air show which draws many thousands of people from all over eastern North Carolina. Another popular (though much smaller) event is the annual ChiliFest cook-off. The beach is nearby. The "Southern Outer Banks" beaches are free and easily accessed. Ft. Macon State Park, at land's end, combines modern beach facilities and wide-open beaches with a historic fort. Surrounded by water on three sides, the fort is a short distance by water from Cape Lookout National Seashore and its famous diamond-painted lighthouse. Between Havelock and the beach a number of "big box" stores have opened in recent years providing excellent shopping.
Croatan National Forest provides another kind of outdoor adventure in its 160,000 acres, with hiking trails and campgrounds open to all. In recent years a large visitor center/event center opened in Havelock. It houses a small museum called the Marine Corps Aviation Exhibit. Camp Lejeune lies on the other side of the forest, in the town of Jacksonville.
Historic New Bern is just 19 miles from Havelock. Between the two towns there are two upscale neighborhoods, Taberna and Carolina Colours. There are several other recent developments offering modern homes at lower prices. Havelock is an affordable community for home-buyers. Taxes are very low.
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