Gallants Channel, a 31-acre waterfront site owned by the State of North Carolina, represents a $15 million investment and will be the location for a new and expanded North Carolina Maritime Museum; a campus that will greatly enhance the Museum’s current offerings at the Front Street properties in Beaufort.
The Friends of the NC Maritime Museum (Friends) was asked by the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (DNCR) to help develop a Site Plan for Gallants Channel. The Friends and the Maritime Heritage Foundation of Beaufort, NC, Inc., in partnership with the North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort, DCNR, and the Town of Beaufort, NC will engage additional interested parties and partners to produce a comprehensive list of potential site features.
The Maritime Heritage Foundation will fund surveys and environmental assessments and select a Land Planner to prepare a Master Site Plan for the Gallants Channel Campus.
This Master Plan will include a large Museum building/exhibit hall, a park like area on the waterfront, an education building, and necessary support features.
Additionally, there will be plans developed for the building to be used for education, administration, and civic events that will form the basis for design and construction of a Maritime Education Center.
This Maritime Education Center, along with waterfront improvements, will provide a permanent home for the popular Junior Sailing Program and make space available for additional Museum programing, educational activities, community events, and office space for the Friends of the Museum.
An Economic Impact Study was done on by ConsultEcon in 2019. The results are below.
Gallants Channel Facilities Rental
Weddings, receptions, reunions, fundraisers, etc.
Huge lawn, 275 parking spaces, dockage, waterfront gazebo, power and water
Venue Only: Renter should arrange for tents, chairs, bathrooms, etc.
Base Fee: $500.00 (rate applies only to simple event like wedding/reception – not major or complicated event involving concert, multiple tents, or hundreds of participants) 2 hours set-up, 3 hours of event, 2 hours clean-up
Additional Hours: Beyond seven hours of occupancy on the day of the event there will be a $50 per hour charge.
Additional Fees: $100 per day for day before and/or day after for time to set up and break down.
NOTE: Large events requiring substantial set up time will be charged the normal Base Fee for each day of set up and/or break down.
Cancellation Policy: If renter cancels eight (8) weeks before the event, the deposit will be refunded less 10%. If cancelled within eight (8) weeks of event, it is nonrefundable. Once confirmed, the remaining balance will be due thirty (30) days prior to event.