Glimpses into two of our nation's most pivotal wars can be found within the city of Kinston at two different historic site locations. At the Governor Richard Caswell Memorial, you will explore the celebrated life of Richard Caswell, the first governor of the independent state of North Carolina and his role in establishing North Carolina as part of the United States. At the CSS Neuse Civil War Interpretive Center, which is now located downtown, you will see the remains 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 and state of the art exhibits that tell the story of life in Kinston during the Civil War.
CSS Neuse Civil War Interpretive Center
100 N. Queen St.
Kinston, NC 28501
Tuesday – Saturday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Closed Sunday, Monday, and most major holidays
Gov. Caswell Memorial
2612 W. Vernon Ave. (U.S. 70 Bus.)
Kinston, NC 28504
Tuesday – Friday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.