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Lenoir County, North Carolina

28501, 28502, 28503, 28504

Page Contents for Kinston, North Carolina

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History & History-related items

City Attractions


Organizations, Churches, and Sports.



Statistics & Facts

The North Carolina state capital is Raleigh.
The population of Kinston is approximately 25,295 (1990), 21677 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 10,826 (1990), 9365 (2010).
The amount of land area in Kinston is 34.013 sq. kilometers.
The amount of surface water is 0.337 sq kilometers.
The distance from Kinston to Washington DC is 252 miles.
The distance to the North Carolina state capital is 71 miles. (as the crow flies)
Kinston is positioned 35.27 degrees north of the equator and 77.59 degrees west of the prime meridian.
Kinston average temperature is 65 degrees F.


in the eastern portion of the state south of Greenville and east of Goldsboro. Here is a location page for Kinston.
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History & History Related Items

Kinston is one of the oldest cities in North Carolina. It was the state capital for a short time during the American Revolution. The city served as the center of training for the Confederate Army during the Civil War.

The original name for Kinston was Kingston, named for King George III of England in 1784. In 1750, it was the home of Richard Caswell, who became the first elected governor of the state. The "g" was dropped from the name in 1784 after the Revolutionary War when American Patriots didn't want any reminders of monarchy. Kinston is the county seat of Lenoir County. Before Lenoir County was created in 1791, Kinston was part of Bath County. The city was incorporated in 1826.

Here is a history page for Kinston.
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The founding of Kinston

1740 by William Herritage.


North Carolina Global Transpark
The City Of Kinston, NC is home to the world's first Global Transpark, The North Carolina Global Transpark. Adjacent to the park is the Kinston Regional Airport, the largest airport in Coastal North Carolina, has a landing strip of 17,000 feet, the longest in the United States. Also the jetport is one of the only airports to originally be an air force base. (Originally Stallings Air Force Base, Kinston)

Neuseway Nature Center and Planetarium
401 W. Caswell Street
Kinston, NC 28501
Phone: 252-939-3301
Fax: 252-939-3129
The museum features hands-on health and science exhibits, a live butterfly and hummingbird habitat and exciting health and science programs. A 32 seat planetarium and observation deck makes this the perfect place for class field trips and family outings. Call 252-939-3367 for more information.

Harmony Hall
109 E. King St.
Kinston, NC 28501
Phone: 252-522-0421
This is one of the oldest homes in the county. It was built in 1772 and was, at one time, the home of Governor Richard Caswell. The home has been restored with period furnishings.

Caswell No. 1 Fire Station Museum

118 S. Queen St.
Kinston, NC 28501
Phone: (252) 527-1566 or (252) 522-4676
Fax: (252) 523-1685
Free Admission
Restrooms and Parking available
This fire station was built in 1895. It features a 1922 American LaFrance Pumper along with many other types of equipment for firefighting from the past.

The Caswell Center Museum and Visitor's Center
2415 West Vernon Avenue
Kinston, NC 28504-3321
Phone: (252) 208 4000
The museum describes early life at the facility, and a videotape presentation is available describing the history and developments

CSS Neuse State Historic Park and Richard Caswell Memorial
2612 W Vernon Ave
Kinston NC 28504
Phone: 252-522-2091
a memorial to Richard Caswell, first governor of the state of North Carolina; and the CSS Neuse, one of two remaining Confederate ironclads. The museum presents exhibits and a slide show relating the story of the Neuse. Picnic facilities are available

The Kinston Indians
Minor League Baseball
This is a Class A franchise of the Cleveland Indians in the Carolina League.
400 E. Grainger Ave
Kinston, NC 28501
Toll Free: (800) 334-5467

Learn more about Kinston at this informative site.
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Kinston City Government

City of Kinston
207 E King Street
Kinston, NC 28502
Phone: 252-939-3110

The City Council of Kinston is comprised of five Council members and the Mayor. The Council members and Mayor are elected to four year, staggered terms - meaning they don't all come up for re-election at once. They are elected "at-large" and they represent everyone in the city, as opposed to residents in certain districts.

Kinston Libraries

Neuse Regional Library
510 N Queen St
Kinston NC 28501
Phone: 252-527-7066
Fax: 252-527-9235

Kinston Schools

Lenoir County Public Schools
P.O. Box 729
2017 West Vernon Avenue
Kinston, NC 28504
Phone: 252-527-1109
Fax: 252-527-6884

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