Kinston and Lenoir County are rich in history and cultural opportunities. From Civil War sites to museums featuring fire fighting equipment, farm equipment to art galleries, visitors and residents find plenty to do.
C.S.S. Neuse State Historic Site: Classified as one of North Carolina’s Historic Sites is the C.S.S. Neuse State Historic Site, and the Richard Caswell Memorial located in Kinston. The site is open year round and hosts various programs during the year. Admission is free. For additional information and seasonal hours, please contact: Site Manager: C.S.S Neuse Historic Site 2612 W. Vernon Avenue, PO Box 3043, Kinston, NC 28502-3043 or call 252-522-2091.
Harmony Hall: The restored home of North Carolina’s first Constitutional Governor, is open for tours, and meetings. The site includes an authentic one-room schoolhouse. For hours and additional information, please contact: Harmony Hall 109 E. King Street Kinston, NC 28501 or call 252-522-0421.
Civil War Site: Will King Memorial – 1st. Battle of Kinston.
The Caswell Center No.1 Fire Station Museum, built in 1895, contains one hundred years of the sights and sounds of firefighting in Lenoir County. It houses an extensive collection of fire fighting equipment, including a 1922 American LaFrance Pumper. Hours are: Tuesday, Thursday, or Saturday from 10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m., or by appointment for groups. Caswell No.1 Fire Station Museum 252-527-1566 or Group Appointments 252-522-4676
Heritage Place is Lenoir Community College’s genealogical research center and local history museum. For more information, phone 252-527-6223
Wilbur A. Tyndall Tractor Museum is located in Pink Hill. The Museum is available for visitors to view and learn about farm equipment. For Details, phone 252-568-3261.
Neuseway Planetarium, Nature Center and Health & Science Museum
The Community Council for the Arts, located at 400 N. Queen Street, is a non-profit organization, which brings many cultural programs to Lenoir County. The Arts Center features four galleries, which change exhibits on a six-week schedule, as well as a gallery shop that showcases artwork and gift items.
The Council sponsors exhibitions, concerts, annual competitions, as well as art, music, and dance classes. The council also provides many cultural and educational opportunities for the school children of Kinston/Lenoir County.
Rental facilities are available within the Art Center Building. For additional information, please contact the Arts Center at 252-527-2517.
For more information on area attractions contact the Kinston Convention and Visitors Bureau at 1-800-869-0032.