Morrisville North Carolina


Morrisville is located northwest of Cary.  It's proximity to Cary, RTP, and RDU (Raleigh - Durham International Airport) makes Morrisville one of the fastest growing areas in the recent past. Although much of the area consists of businesses, there are several communities offering homes and townhomes. Morrisville is home to many young professionals employed mainly at RTP. The location makes it a bit more pricey than other parts of the area but many find the tradeoff worthwhile.

Morrisville is located in the northeast central region of North Carolina, where the North American Piedmont and Atlantic Coastal Plain regions meet. This area is known as the "fall line" because it marks the elevation inland at which waterfalls begin to appear in creeks and rivers. As a result, most of Morrisville features gently rolling hills that slope eastward toward the state's flat coastal plain. Its central Piedmont location situates the county about three hours west of Atlantic Beach, North Carolina, by car and four hours east of the Great Smoky Mountains of the Appalachian range.

The central downtown core of Morrisville is located essentially along the upper portion of Crabtree Creek, which then feeds into Lake Crabtree, located in the southeastern part of the town.

Morrisville enjoys a moderate subtropical climate, with moderate temperatures in the spring, fall, and winter. Summers are typically hot with high humidity. Winter highs generally range in the low 50s°F (10 to 13 °C) with lows in the low-to-mid 30s°F (-2 to 2 °C), although an occasional 60 °F (15 °C) or warmer winter day is not uncommon. Spring and fall days usually reach the low-to-mid 70s°F (low 20s°C), with lows at night in the lower 50s°F (10 to 14 °C). Summer daytime highs often reach the upper 80s to low 90s°F (29 to 35 °C). The rainiest months are July and August.

The area was originally named in 1852 after Jeremiah Morris. Morris donated land to the North Carolina Railroad for a depot, water tower, and other buildings. The town continued to grow as a result of the rail line and its location at the intersection of roads leading to Chapel Hill, Raleigh, and Hillsborough. On April 13, 1865, Federal cavalry skirmished with retreating Confederate horsemen. Battle of Morrisville, American Civil War. Confederates were attempting to transport their remaining supplies and wounded to the west, General Sherman's cavalry forced the Confederates to leave the train behind and retreat towards Durham and the eventual surrender of the largest Confederate force of the war at Bennett Place. The town was officially chartered in 1875 but was disincorporated in 1933. Eventually the town charter was restored in 1947.

Town of Morrisville