CSS Neuse & Gov. Caswell Memorial

Colonial Period – Civil War

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.

CSS Neuse

Neuse Teaching Material

Richard Caswell


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.

What's New

  • The CSS Neuse has moved!
    On June 23rd, 2012, the ironclad's remains were moved to the CSS Neuse Civil War Interpretive Center at 100 N. Queen Street in downtown Kinston. The new, fully enclosed and climate-controlled facility is open to the public for tours while permanent exhibits are in development. Currently, visitors can view the remains of the CSS Neuse, along with temporary exhibits and an orientation video. The Governor Caswell Memorial (2612 W. Vernon Ave.) also remains open to the public during this time.

Upcoming Events

  • January 20:
    Tar Heel Junior Historian Association
    Chapter Interest Meeting

    Saturday, 10 am - 12 pm
    The purpose of the Tar Heel Junior Historian Association is to encourage the study of local and state history and to help young people better understand and appreciate their place in history.

    Are you a student 9-13 years old in Lenoir, Johnston, Wayne, or Beaufort county who loves North Carolina history? Do you love teamwork, leadership, creating projects, and having fun? If so, please join staff members from Bentonville Battlefield, Aycock Birthplace, and Historic Bath at the CSS Neuse for an information session on how you can become a member of the Tar Heel Junior Historian Association.

  • January 27:
    Victorian Saturday

    Saturday, 2 - 3:30 pm
    Join us for a day of Victorian crafts, English tea, snacks, parlor games, and learn all about Victorian tea customs and etiquette. Feel free to bring an American Girl or any other doll to the program. This is a family event fundraiser!
    Cost: $20.

  • February 10:
    Book Talk: The Battle of Roanoke Island: Burnside and the Fight for North Carolina

    Saturday, 11 am
    In the winter of 1861, Union armies had failed to win any significant victories over their Confederate counterparts. The Northern populace, overwhelmed by the bloodshed, questioned whether the costs of the war were too high. During the first winter of America's Civil War, Confederate forces were well in control of the fight. Then, Union general Ambrose Burnside marked the beaches of the Outer Banks and little Roanoke Island for an amphibious assault. His victory shifted control of the Sounds of North Carolina. Join author and historian Michael Zatarga as he traces the story of the crucial fight on Roanoke Island. This special event is free, and open to the public.

  • Stay tuned for more upcoming events . . .

View NC DNCR Upcoming Events Calendar

CSS Neuse & Gov. Caswell Memorial Information

Contact Us

CSS Neuse
100 N. Queen St.
Kinston, NC 28501
Phone: (252) 522-2107
Email: cssneuse@ncdcr.gov

Gov. Caswell Memorial
2612 W. Vernon Ave. (U.S. 70 Bus.)
Kinston, NC 28504
Phone: (252) 522-2091
Fax: (252) 527-7036
Email: cssneuse@ncdcr.gov

Hours of Operation

For Neuse:

Tuesday-Saturday, 9 am - 5 pm
(Last guided tour begins at 4 pm.)
Closed Sunday and Monday

For Caswell:

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 (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.

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