People move to Morrisville for many reasons – excellent schools, proximity to Research Triangle Park, and the Raleigh-Durham area to name a few.
People stay in Morrisville because of the superb quality of life we offer. Businesses are thriving, neighborhoods are safe, and its winters are mild and summers are warm.
Centrally-located between the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains to the west and the legendary Outer Banks and Atlantic Coast to the east, Morrisville enjoys an average year-round temperature of 60 degrees.
Morrisville was named for Jeremiah Morris who donated three acres of land to the North Carolina Railroad in 1852 for a water station, woodshed, and other buildings in support of the railroad. The deed transaction is believed to be on November 30, 1852, which references Crabtree Creek.
Jeremiah Morris established the first post office in March of 1852 and became the first postmaster of Morrisville. Stockholder meetings were held as early as the spring and summer of 1853. These included area landowners Morris, Adolphus Jones, and Giles Allison.
Wake County’s second railroad, the North Carolina Railroad from Goldsboro to Charlotte, was completed in 1856. This railroad fostered several communities (Cary, Morrisville, Garner, and Auburn) along its line. Morrisville is the oldest of these communities, which established a railroad stop in the early 1850s. However, the Town was not chartered until 1875.
In 1859, County justices made Morrisville a polling place.
On April 13, 1865, one of the last battles of the civil war took place in Morrisville.
Morrisville Baptist Church was established in 1866.
George Tonnoffski opened a liquor store and the Page family built the Morrisville Hotel before 1872.
By the early 1870s, the Morrisville area supported at least six general stores, Baptist and Christian churches, hotels, a steam saw mill, a cabinetmaker, a lawyer, and four physicians.
Morrisville’s original charter was ratified on March 3, 1875.
By 1880, the Town’s population was 165.
Samuel Horne opened a knitting-mill in 1910.
The citizens of Morrisville voted to repeal the charter, which was ratified on May 9, 1933.
Morrisville was re-chartered on April 3, 1947.
In 1976, Morrisville purchased the Morrisville Christian Church building to be used as the first Town Hall.
On May 12, 1986 the current Town Seal was adopted.
Morrisville’s population in 1990 was 1,022.
Morrisville’s population in 2012 was 20,591.
Parks and Recreation
Our mission is to enrich the Morrisville community by creating quality recreation experiences, celebrating local culture, and enhancing our natural resources.
Parks and Recreation
Morrisville Aquatic Center
Town Government and Chamber of Commerce Guide
Contact information for the utilities for your new home.
Wake County Schools
Enrollment for the 2014-2015 school year was 155,184 students — an increase of 1,884 children. With a total of 171 schools, Wake County is the largest school system in the state and the 16th largest in the nation. The student population has almost tripled since 1980, and as many as 20,000 additional children are expected in the classrooms by 2020. For more information, visit Wake County Public Schools.