Plan Your Visit

exterior of the CSS Neuse Civil War Interpretive Center

Glimpses into two of our nation's most pivotal wars can be found in one historic site within the city of Kinston. Here you will explore the celebrated life of Richard Caswell, the first governor of the independent state of North Carolina. You will also see up close the remnants of the ironclad gunboat CSS Neuse, a product of the Confederate navy's ill-fated attempt to regain control of the lower Neuse River and retake the city of New Bern during the Civil War.

Hours and Location

CSS Neuse
Tuesday – Saturday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Last guided tour begins at 4 p.m.
Closed Sunday, Monday, and most major holidays

100 N. Queen St.
Kinston, NC 28501

Caswell Memorial
Tuesday – Friday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

2612 W. Vernon Ave. (U.S. 70 Bus.)
Kinston, NC 28504

Visitors should call ahead, as hours sometimes change unexpectedly. Large groups should call ahead for tour arrangements.


Adults - $5
Seniors (65+) - $4 
Active Military (w/ I.D.) - $4
Children (Ages 3 - 12) - $3
Children (Ages 0 - 2) - Free

Special rates for groups of 10 or more. Ask for prices when you schedule group. CSS Neuse Gunboat Association memberships available. Members in good standing receive free admission.

Guided Tours

Guided tours of the CSS Neuse are available upon request. We ask that groups make reservations in advance.

Group Reservations


Historic Structures
The remains of the hull of the Confederate ironclad CSS Neuse are on display.

Caswell Memorial
New exhibits were installed in August 2007, rededicating the building to Governor Caswell. The Caswell Memorial building also houses offices, restrooms, and a gift shop.

Trails, Monuments, Outdoor Exhibits
The Caswell family cemetery and the Lenoir County Korean and Vietnam War Memorial are located at the site. There is also a Civil War Trails marker at this state historic site.

Handicapped Accessibility
Tours of the CSS Neuse are accessible to all visitors. The Caswell Memorial is fully accessible.

Picnic Facilities
Tables are available on the grounds.

Gift Shop
The visitor center sales desk has items related to all aspects of the site’s history.

Programs, Group Activities

A fall living history program features troops camped on the banks of the Neuse River depicting military life during the Civil War. Spring school group activities feature Civil War-related demonstrations for scheduled groups.