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.
100 N. Queen St.
Kinston, NC 28501
Phone: (252) 522-2107
Gov. Caswell Memorial
2612 W. Vernon Ave. (U.S. 70 Bus.)
Kinston, NC 28504
Phone: (252) 522-2091
Fax: (252) 527-7036
Tuesday-Saturday, 9 am - 5 pm
(Last guided tour begins at 4 pm.)
Closed Sunday and Monday
Tuesday-Friday 10 am – 2 pm
Saturday 10 am – 4 pm
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/Students (6 +/college I.D.) - $3
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.