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.
If you have some free time and are interested in history and/or connecting with the community, we have a great variety of projects and enriching experiences to offer. If your interested but not sure what you have to offer, come by or give us a call and we can discuss it.
CSS Neuse State Historic Site
(and Gov. Caswell Memorial)
2612 W. Vernon Ave. (U.S. 70 Bus.)
P.O. Box 3043
Kinston, N.C. 28502
Phone: (252) 522-2091
Fax: (252) 527-7036
Tuesday-Saturday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. (last guided tour begins at 4 p.m.)
Closed Sunday and Monday
Visitors should call ahead as hours sometimes must change unexpectedly. Large groups should call ahead for tour arrangements.
No admission fees. Donations are accepted and appreciated.