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Kinston is located in Lenoir County (of which it is the county seat) north of Jacksonville between Goldsboro and New Bern along US Highway 70 on the banks of the Neuse River.

Kinston is home to one of the few ironclad ships used in the Civil War. In 1865 the Confederate troops sank the CSS Ram Neuse in the Neuse River to prevent it from falling into Union hands. The boat was recovered from the bottom of the river in 1963 and is now on display at the CSS Neuse State Historical Site. In 1962 the city celebrated its bicentennial. In honor of the event, the College of Arms in London, England created a coat of arms for the city. It was the first time the centuries old organization had ever designed a coat of arms for an American city.

The population estimate for July 1, 1998 was 24,470, a decrease of 825 since 1990.

Public Libraries Neuse Regional Library |
Shopping Neuse River Antiques and Pottery | Spa at Alison and Co. |

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09/23 Coming to The area
Virginia Pork Festival Emporia VA June12 The Virginia Pork Festival is one of the East Coast's largest food festivals, combines outstanding pork dishes with continuous live music from multiple stages.
John Blue Cotton Festival Laurinburg NC October12-13 Performances on an outdoor stage,vendor area with beautifully displayed crafts, clothing, and artwork, and wonderful food prepared by all of the food vendors.