Morehead Manor Bed and Breakfast

914 Vickers Avenue, Durham, North Carolina 27701
Innkeeper(s): Monica and Daniel Edwards

Durham's African American Heritage 16 Jan 2017, 5:30 am

Durham's African American Heritage will be honored during February which is known as Black History Month.  Events include a diverse film festival, storytelling and music, star gazing, a motorized guided tour of Durham, and an incredible art exhibit.

The Hayti Heritage Center (located at 804 Old Fayetteville Street in Durham) celebrates The Bull City's African-American heritage and its historic Hayti community, which was a thriving enclave in the early 20th century.  This annual film festival, occurring daily from February 9 through February 11, furthers that goal by showcasing diverse works by and about people of African descent.  It includes both short and feature-length films from an international cast of directors, as well as classic feature films.

On February 11, at Leigh Farm Park on 370 Leigh Farm Road in Durham from 2 to 3 pm, will be an hour of African and African-American storytelling and music featuring Emmy award-winner Willa Brigham.  Free event and all ages are welcome.

Historic Stagville and Morehead Planetarium, at 5828 Old Oxford Highway in Durham from 6 to 8 pm on February 17, will present a free stellar program that focuses on the astronomy and night sky myths and legends told in African cultures, as well as the related stories told by scientists today.  The program will begin with storytelling followed peering through telescopes for a constellation tour looking at the same stars as our ancestors.  In case of inclement weather, the program will take place entirely in the visitor center.

Tobacco Road Tours, located at 300 Blackwell Street in Durham, offers every Tuesday from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm, a "Durham African American Cultural Heritage Tour" a motorized, professionally guided tour designed for guests seeking an educational, enlightening, and fun African American experience.  Explore the lives and accomplishments of African American North Carolinian's from the colonial, antebellum, and Civil War period to the Civil Rights era.  The tour costs $59 for adults, but only $20 for kids 8 to 14 years old.

From February 16 through July 16 of 2017 (excluding Mondays), the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University will feature an exhibit of art from Nina Chanel Abney called "Royal Flush."  This is the first solo exhibition in a museum for Abney, a 34-year-old artist from Chicago who Vanity Fair magazine identified as championing the Black Lives Matter movement.  The exhibition is a 10-year survey of approximately 30 of the artist's paintings, watercolors, and collages.

We welcome you to stay at Morehead Manor when you visit Durham, North Carolina.  Wake up to delicious and fresh gourmet breakfasts after you fall soundly asleep in our luxurious guest rooms.

Durham Celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 9 Jan 2017, 8:00 pm

Durham celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with several events honoring his legacy.  

January 11 Celebration at First Presbyterian Church on Main Street at Noon will include remarks from local leaders, elected officials, and musical selections from the Durham City-County MLK Employee Choir

January 14 Remembering MLK's Legacy Through the Arts at W.D. Hill Recreation Center is a free event including Arts, Health, Dancing, Financial Wellness, Food, Performances, and more!

January 14 "Sounds of Justice and Inclusion, A Tribute To Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr." is an extraordinary concert with performances by John Brown's Little Big Band and the Durham Symphony Orchestra at Reynolds Industries Theater. Admission is $20 but free for students and seniors 65 and older.  

January 15 Duke University Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration at Page Auditorium is a service to remember, celebrate, and honor the work and ministry of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Open to the public.

January 16 Birthday Party for MLK at Northgate Mall in Durham to celebrate MLK Day for the 8th year in a row from 10:30 am to 1:00 pm.  

January 16 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Unity March and Rally begins at North Carolina Mutual Historic Landmark at 411 West Chapel Hill Street and concludes at First Presbyterian Church at 305 E Main Street in Durham.

February 4 The 15th Annual NC MLK Black History Month Parade starts at noon on Fayetteville Street from W. G. Pearson School all the way to North Carolina Central University in Durham.  Featuring marching bands, step teams, dance groups, school and church groups, cars, trucks, businesses, civic organization and more.

The Parade's theme is "Remaining Awake Through the Great Revolution" in honor the sermon he delivered by that name on March 31 in 1968 at the National Cathedral in Washington DC. The Divine Nine will serve as Grand Marshals. Although these 9 sororities and fraternities all differ in their founding principles in one way or another, they all come together as an unified body to create social change and leave the world a better place.

Founded on the similar principles of service, social change, and the betterment of black men and women, many of our celebrated leaders within the black community are members of Divine Nine organizations. Celebrate the works and impact that each of these organizations and Dr. King have had and continue to have in communities of color all over the world as The Divine Nine is remaining awake through the great revolution.  

February 4 NC MLK Black History Month Step Show Competition at McDougald-McLendon Arena in Durham. Undergraduates compete against undergraduates and graduates compete against graduates.  Winners will be named in each category.

Morehead Manor is honored to be named the #1 black-owned bed and breakfast in America (according to Black Enterprise magazine). We welcome and host guests from all over the world right here in Durham, North Carolina.

The Scrap Exchange in Durham Expands 16 Dec 2016, 2:48 pm

The Scrap Exchange in Durham is a creative reuse center and the perfect place to create art.  This nonprofit organization just celebrated their 25th anniversary.  Their mission is to promote creativity, environmental awareness, and community through the reuse of materials.

The Scrap Exchange allows you to shop for unusual supplies and materials that are perfect for your next creative project.

They teach classes in skills such as sewing, knitting, embroidery, crocheting, and custom framing.

To support their environmentally friendly cause, this nonprofit does accept donations.

For a small fee of $5, visitors can use their "Make N Take Room" which allows for an hour and a half of self-directed activity using the materials in the space and permits you to take home what you make.

Once a time is scheduled to become familiar with their "Design Center," trained visitors can use sewing machines, a die cut machine, a button maker, and a multi-lingual reference library with books on art and craft topics.

For those wanting to drop in, please call their retail store at (919) 688-6960 to confirm availability before arriving.

The Scrap Exchange's Design Center can be reserved for celebrations with at least three weeks' notice after submitting your application.  Perfect for birthdays, anniversaries, and book clubs.

Those in the local Durham area can apply to volunteer.  Volunteers help process and organize materials, greet customers, clean and maintain the store, and generally keep things running smoothly.

On August 10, 2016, The Scrap Exchange purchased the northern portion of the Lakewood Shopping Center for $2.5 million.  This mostly vacant 82,000 square foot building is located on 10.35 acres of land in 3 separate parcels in the historic Lakewood-Tuscaloosa Neighborhood in central Durham.

The creation of a Reuse Arts District and the National Center for Creative Reuse expands upon their principles of creative reuse.  Eventual development plans include an adventure playground, event space, affordable housing, shipping container mall, recreation, sculpture park, and gardens.

Morehead Manor Bed and Breakfast is pleased that our local Durham resources are being reused to support environmentally friendly practices.  We are only 1 mile (or a 3-minute car ride) away.

Morehead Manor Receives Rave Reviews 12 Dec 2016, 9:04 am

Morehead Manor receives rave reviews.  We are thrilled when our guests take the time to give us feedback.  We are thankful for our many positive comments.  We strive to make every guest's stay at Morehead Manor the best experience possible.  From our comfortable accommodations to our special events to our gourmet breakfasts, we value the comments of our guests.

Sharon C. from Spokane, Washington gave us a 5-star Yelp review and wrote, "Monica and Daniel have put their hearts and souls into creating a very special home which they share with lucky adventurers who happen upon their Durham, NC B&B! Looking for somewhere nice to celebrate my husband's birthday, I located Morehead Manor on the Internet and we gave it a try.  The decor, charming atmosphere, and comfortable furnishings in this 1910, 3-story mansion make you forget you are less than a mile away from downtown Durham with all it has to offer!  Lovely breakfasts prepared with thoughtful accommodation to personal likes and needs.  We would happily go back!!!"

Zevmom from Denver, Colorado's 5-star Trip Advisor review reads, "You pull up to a lovely, stately property then meet Monica and feel welcomed and right at home.  Staying at this B&B was an experience we won't quickly forget.  The breakfast was amazing (even gluten free options!).  The accommodations were comfortable, spotless and just casual enough to feel welcoming without feeling stuffy.  I loved the art work that filled the lodge.  Morehead Manor is walking distance to lots of interesting restaurants and shopping, and very easy to drive to other parts of the city from this location.  But the very best part of our time here was the fascinating discussions with the proprietors, Monica and Daniel.  They were so generous and open; the quick friendship will be the lasting treasure.  We look forward to returning each year as we visit our son who is in college nearby."

The 5-star review from Jeannette and Neill from New York City and South Hampton, New York reports, "The best B&B in Durham.  Monica accommodated my gluten free request and prepared delicious gluten free waffles for breakfast.  The Magnolia Room is very romantic and the entire Inn is filled with warmth, charm, and great hospitality by the gracious Innkeepers Monica and Daniel."

If you have never been to Morehead Manor Bed and Breakfast in Durham, what are you waiting for? We would love to host returning guests as well.  Durham is a great area for restaurants, shopping, entertainment, art, sports, and much more.  We welcome you with our warm, Southern hospitality.

Durham Is Home To 5 Famous Films 2 Dec 2016, 10:57 am

Durham is home to five famous films.  Of course, the most famous film is Bull Durham.  This baseball blockbuster movie stars Kevin Costner, Susan Sarandon, and Tim Robbins.  Released in 1988, it is usually listed as one of the best sports movies of all times.  In fact, Sports Illustrated magazine named it the most popular sports movie of all time.

The film focuses on a star pitcher and a veteran catcher playing for the Durham Bulls.  The most popular minor league baseball team today. The film was shot at the ballpark that was home to the Durham Bulls at the time as well as various houses and other places throughout The Bull City.

Brainstorm is a 1983 science fiction thriller about a group of researchers who invent a way to record the physical and emotional experiences of others so that others can experience them as well. Problems arise when the potential for abuse is discovered and things get out of control.

This movie starring Christopher Walken and Natalie Wood has scenes shot at Research Triangle Park and Duke University.  Brainstorm also gained notoriety as Wood's last film, as she sadly passed away during its production.

The Handmaid's Tale is an adaptation of Margaret Atwood's famous novel.  Starring Faye Dunaway, Robert Duvall, and Natasha Richardson, this 1990 movie set in a dystopian future, tells the story of a young woman who is able to bear children (an increasingly rare trait) and the fallout she faces from a totalitarian regime.  The novel was set at Harvard, but the movie was shot at Duke University and other locations around Durham including on the streets near Brightleaf Square.

Kiss the Girls is the film adaptation of James Patterson's novel of the same name.  This movie was set and filmed in Durham and the surrounding area.  Morgan Freeman plays a forensic psychologist (Alex Cross) whose niece is kidnapped.  Ashley Judd plays a woman who escaped from the same kidnapper and helps him on the case.  In its first five months in theaters in 1997, this film grossed over $60 million alone.

The movie Arthur Newman starring Colin Firth, Emily Blunt, and Ann Heche, is about a man and woman who leave their pasts by taking on the identities of the owners of the empty homes they break into.  During this process, they begin to explore what it is they ran away from.  Released in 2012, this was filmed in part at Durham's North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, along with other locations in the Triangle.

Durham is also home to several popular film festivals including the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival.  Durham is a visually diverse city that can simulate a number of climates and locales.

  • Gothic look of Duke University's West Campus
  • Historic Durham neighborhoods and homes
  • Distinctive, neo-Romanesque brick work of the turn-of-the-century tobacco warehouses
  • Pastoral river and lake fed countryside of North Durham
  • 1920s and 1930s look of Downtown Durham
  • Futuristic look of Research Triangle Park's business complexes
Guests of Morehead Manor Bed and Breakfast in Durham are welcome to visit these iconic locations during their stay with us.  Each morning our guests enjoy a fresh and delicious gourmet breakfast. We look forward to welcoming you.  

The Carolina Theatre in Durham Celebrates 90 Years 18 Nov 2016, 11:32 am

The Carolina Theatre in Durham celebrates 90 years.  Restored to its 1926 decor, this Beaux-Arts building houses live performances by musicians, comics, speakers, and theatre companies.  Its Arts Discovery Educational Series is designed to augment traditional classroom learning with its presentation of dance and classic works of literature like Charlotte's Web.  

Situated in the heart of Downtown Durham, the building contains two adjacent cinemas, Cinema One (229 seats) and Cinema Two (49 seats), screen newly released films and classic works from cinema history in the Retro Film Series. In addition, they host annual film festivals like the nationally renowned Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, the NC Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, and the Nevermore Film Festival of horror movies.  

The City of Durham has made a noteworthy commitment to the Carolina Theatre of Durham by offering to match any donations made to the 90th Anniversary Campaign, up to $600,000.  The last remaining of Durham's original theaters, the Carolina Theatre has been a cultural standard for the arts-loving people of the region for almost a century.  

Upcoming Performances:

Fri.     Nov. 18    Fourplay 25th Anniversary (at 8 pm)
Sun.    Nov. 20   From Quartet to String Orchestra (at 3 pm)
Mon.   Nov. 21   Steve Vai: Passion and Warfare 25th Anniversary Tour (at 8 pm)
Thurs. Dec. 1     Pete the Cat (at 9:50 am and 11:20 am)
Tues.   Dec. 6     Holiday Songs: Music Around the World (at 9:50 am and 11:20 am)
Sat.     Dec. 10   The Nutcracker  (at 11 am and 3:30 pm)
Wed.   Dec. 14   Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker (at 7 pm)
Thurs. Dec. 15   Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker (at 7 pm)
Sat.     Dec. 17   A Celestial Christmas (at 8 pm)

Morehead Manor is conveniently located near Downtown Durham.  We welcome guests to visit our luxurious bed and breakfast as well as to attend performances at Carolina Theatre.  

Morehead Manor Best Durham Bed and Breakfast 2016 9 Nov 2016, 5:06 pm

Morehead Manor named "Best Durham Bed and Breakfast" in 2016 by Durham Magazine.  This is such an honor to have earned this recognition from our local Durham community.  We feel the love and extend warm Southern hospitality to our guests.

Durham is a fascinating city that offers so much to its visitors.  The Bull City has earned the following accolades:
  • "Tastiest Town in the South" (according to Southern Living Magazine)
  • Food Network recognized Cocoa Cinnamon as the Best Coffee Shop in North Carolina
  • USA Today recognized Durham Distillery as the #2 gin distillery in the United States
  • Grub Hub named Durham the #1 place to order vegetarian
  • Most famous minor league baseball team (Durham Bulls)
  • Prestigious universities (Duke University and North Carolina Central University)
  • Yahoo! Finance recognized Durham as the most educated city in North Carolina
  • Gorgeous gardens all year round (Sarah P. Duke Gardens)
  • One of the top 3 venues in the country (Durham Performing Arts Center)
  • Take a swing at any of our 3 public golf courses in Durham
  • Expedia recognized Durham as one of the 55 most breathtaking destinations in the world
  • World renown healthcare (Duke University Hospital)
  • Popular shopping destinations (including The Streets at Southpoint, Brightleaf District, and Ninth Street)
  • Famous musicians (like Durham residents Brandon Marsalis and Nnenna Freelon)
  • Convenient to Research Triangle Park, Raleigh, and Chapel Hill
  • Moments away from Downtown Durham, Duke University, and American Tobacco Campus
  • Near "Magic Wings Butterfly House" located at the Museum of Life and Science
  • 8 thriving Durham bookstores including Regulator (recognized as one of the best book stores in the South by Southern Living Magazine)
  • Smart Asset recognized Durham as one of the top ten cities for creative people
  • The Duke Lemur Center (outside of Madagascar, it has the world's largest and most diverse population of lemurs)
  • JD Power recognized RDU (our Durham airport) as the #3 medium sized airport in the nation
In addition to our awesome location, guests of Morehead Manor Bed and Breakfast enjoy luxurious accommodations and wake up to fresh gourmet breakfasts each morning.  We welcome with open arms both new guests as well as returning guests. 

Morehead Manor of Durham Featured in OneGlobe Citizen 31 Oct 2016, 1:19 pm

Monica and Daniel Edwards, Owners and Innkeepers of Morehead Manor Bed and Breakfast

Morehead Manor of Durham was featured in an article by OneGlobe Citizen.  This organization believes that every person and every place has a story to tell.  They seek to share unique stories that highlight the people and places that make our planet more inspiring.  OneGlobe Citizen acknowledges they talk about global travel a lot, but they also believe that "traveling within your own country makes you no less of a traveler than someone who has been to the other side of the planet."

OneGlobe Citizen asks, "What if we could put travelers right in the center of the local experiences so they can experience the culture and meet the people of their destinations in more authentic, respectful and meaningful ways?" We can all support small businesses and local guides and take time to learn, respect, and appreciate destinations, cultures, and people.

Imagine a three-person creative team in one electric car traveling to over 60 cities in just 30 days. When they picked the city of Durham as one of their destinations, we were honored they also chose Morehead Manor Bed and Breakfast.

OneGlobe Citizen believes a great reason to stay at a bed and breakfast is because the innkeepers always know where the locals hang out, in addition to knowing all the "touristy spots"!  People can go online and see reviews, but it matters so much to learn the information directly from the people who live in the area.

Their article, written by senior editor Steph Jurusz, told our story of how we got started in the inn-keeping business. After an unexpected downsizing, we decided to take a risk and we bought our 1910 Colonial Revival style mansion once owned by the CEO of Liggett and Myers.

After months of hard work, our manor was finally open for business.  We became the youngest innkeepers in the United States when we opened our doors in 1997.  It is hard to believe that 2017 marks our 20th anniversary as ambassadors for the city of Durham, North Carolina and for the bed and breakfast industry.

Guests tell us they feel so at home here and that they love how we have decorated our inn.  We enjoy getting to know our guests, especially when we host weddings and see couples start their own journey of togetherness as a married couple.

We host guests from North Carolina as well as all over the United States.  We also host guests from all over the world. International guests have come from places like Egypt, Brussels, Great Britain, Switzerland, Germany, Northern Ireland, Argentina, Canada, Belgium, South Africa, Japan, and India.  Make your next travel destination Durham, NC and let us extend our warm Southern hospitality!

Morehead Manor in Durham Hosts Special Events 26 Oct 2016, 1:15 pm

At Morehead Manor Bed and Breakfast in Durham, North Carolina, guests can rent our lovely Carriage House for their own special events.  Clients can bring their own caterer or hire one of Morehead Manor's preferred caterers.  For this private ladies gathering (pictured above) Morehead Manor provided the tables, chairs, and linens while the guests brought the rest.

Morehead Manor has hosts intimate weddings, wedding receptions, corporate gatherings, and special events like baby showers, bridge luncheons, and book gatherings. We can accommodate between 5 and 25 attendees for a business conference.  Ask about our Corporate Murder Mysteries that is a scavenger hunt and a team-building exercise.

All our Special Events, Wedding, and Meeting Packages can be customized to fit the needs of our guests.  To help plan your special event, we recommend that you contact Morehead Manor directly at 919-687-4366.  Morehead Manor can set up arrangements for small groups to stay overnight for weekend retreats.

The following lists just some of the many possible options for events to host:

  • Anniversary celebrations 
  • Baby showers
  • Birthday parties
  • Book talks
  • Business meetings
  • Church gatherings
  • Class reunions 
  • Engagement parties
  • Family reunions
  • Formal dances
  • Holiday parties
  • Ice cream socials
  • Ladies' events
  • Mens' events
  • Scrapbooking retreats
  • Sweet sixteen parties
  • Tea parties
  • Quilting retreats
  • Weddings
  • Wedding receptions
  • Writing retreats
Our Durham, North Carolina location is convenient to Research Triangle Park, Raleigh, and Chapel Hill.  Our accommodations are moments away from Downtown Durham, Duke University, the American Tobacco Campus, and the award-winning Durham Performing Arts Theatre.  

Durham is home to several fascinating museums, famous historical sites, fine arts and entertainment centers, professional and college sports games, unique shops, amazing malls, great galleries, large wineries, quiet nature trails, popular music concerts, scenic parks, and we were voted "The Tastiest Town in the South." Choose Morehead Manor Bed and Breakfast for your next event or overnight stay.  

Durham Art Walk Holiday Market 2016 13 Oct 2016, 2:47 pm

You do not want to miss the Durham Art Walk Holiday Market (2016) Saturday November 19 from 10 am through 5 pm and Sunday November 20 from 1 pm through 5 pm.  The Durham Art Walk Holiday Market is a festive arts and crafts event that celebrates the holiday season in Downtown Durham.  This event is free and open to the public.

The Holiday Market is produced and presented by the Durham Arts Council with support from many generous community sponsors.  Browsing unique local crafts and artwork is even better when it doubles as holiday shopping!

The biannual Durham Art Walk's winter edition provides patrons with the unique chance to buy one-of-a-kind pieces from local artists.   The Holiday Market invites arts lovers for a weekend full of art, including:

  • Dazzling local artistic talent
  • Ongoing live music
  • World-class restaurants
  • Great shopping
  • Innovative new businesses
  • Fascinating historic sites
Visitors can purchase fine arts and crafts at many downtown Durham sites including the Durham Arts Council, Vega Metals, Durham Armory and more!   Visitors will hear live musical performances and enjoy delicious food at many downtown Durham restaurants and food trucks.  

Most places are within easy walking distance around Downtown Durham and on Saturdays visitrs can take the Bull City Connector, a free bus that travels Downtown Durham.  The Connector does not run on Sundays.  

Durham Art Walk Holiday Market Sites (not a complete list):
  • Alliance Architecture
  • Bull City Arts Collaborative
  • Bull City Burger and Brewery
  • Bull City Craft Annex at Room 100 (Golden Belt Arts)
  • Carrack Modern Art
  • Claymakers Arts Community
  • Durham Arts Council
  • Durham Arts Guild
  • Durham Distillery
  • Durham Museum of History
  • Exotique
  • Hamilton Hill Jewelry
  • James Kennedy Galleries
  • Liberty Arts Sculpture Studio
  • Pleiades Gallery
  • Pompieri Pizza
  • Spectre Arts
  • The Blue Note Grill
  • The Scrap Exchange
  • The Shed Jazz Club
  • Through This Lens
  • Urban Durham Realty
  • Vega Metals
  • Wentworth and Leggett Bookshop
This community cultural event not only celebrates the arts, but it also builds our community and continues to revitalize our Downtown Durham.  Morehead Manor Bed and Breakfast looks forward to hosting guests during this fun-filled weekend.