The Governor Morehead Park

The Governor Morehead Park is a beautiful location for quiet walks, picnics, family gatherings, and special events throughout the year.  It is solely owned and funded by Eden Preservation Society members. It is always open and free to the public.


The maintenance of the park is an ongoing project for the EPS: routine maintenance includes mowing and weeding.  Most of the preservation efforts in this area have been focused on restoring the foundation wall of the original "Old Stone Mill" that was built by Gov. John Motley Morehead.

The Leaksville Cotton Mills

...built by John Motley Morehead (later governor) and powered by water from the nearby Smith River that was channeled through the Barnett Canal.

The original foundation wall of the Leaksville Cotton Mill.

The original mill was built in 1839 and destroyed by fire in 1893. It was rebuilt and used for many decades, but was eventually torn down. The foundation wall is all that remains today and is becoming increasingly unstable.

In early 2017, we received a generous grant from the Rockingham County Community Foundation and Duke Energy, as well as a gift from Wells Fargo.  With some further fund-raising we were able to raise the needed $17,000 and have been able to repair and stabilize this important landmark.    

Governor Morehead Park has hosted the annual Charlie Poole Music Festival for many years.

If you are interested in using the park for your wedding, a company party, or other event, please see our Rental Policy. Call the number below for more information and to schedule a date.

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This hidden waterfall at Morehead Park...

...can be heard from many places around the grounds. Follow the sound to see this gem. (Picture by Jim B.)

(336) 623-1043

PO Box 2201, Eden, NC  United States  27289

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