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Welcome to Kinston! history and hospitality Kinston offers visitors “gracious plenty” to do. Here just an hour from the coast you will discover adventures for all ages ….This guide presents easy to follow information linked to telephone numbers and websites that provide further detail. To make your visit even more enjoyable we’ve included our Key Card to savings. Just remove the attached card and present it at participating businesses for special discounts. While every effort has been made to assure accuracy, calling ahead for the latest updates on events or hours of operation for a business is recommended.

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Did You Know?........................2-3 Start Exploring........................4-5 Kinston History.......................6-7 Attractions.............................8-13 Recreation...........................14-17 Accommodations................18-19 Dining & Shopping.............20-27

Discover…… Great Events and Adventures

Tours & Select Events.........28-29

Explore….. Public Art Trails and Civil War Battlefields

Maps.....................................30-31

Be Daring….. Extreme Motorsports and Drag Racing Have Fun….. Shopping and Dining Treat your Furry Friends on the trip, too….. Dog Park Visitors can find a complete list of Key Card members and their discounts by using this QR (Quick Response) code. You just need a smartphoto with camera and an app. Simply hold your photo up to the QR code so that you can see it on your screen. After your phone captures the information, the app will open.

COM 301 North Queen Street • PO Box 157 • Kinston, NC 28502 Phone 252-523-2500 • 1-800-869-0032 • Fax 252-527-1914 Email: info@VisitKinston.com

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s The Tourism Development Authority Staff Executive Director - Laura Lee Sylvestor Director of visitkinston - Jan Barwick The information in this directory was gathered and carefully compiled in such a way as to insure maximum accuracy. However, neither Corporate Resources nor the Kinston-Lenoir County Convention & Visitors Bureau can guarantee the correctness of all information nor the complete absence of errors and omissions; hence, no responsibility for the same can be, nor is assumed.

Designed and printed by Corporate Resources (252) 523-7654 • www.corporateresources.net


Did you know?

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How many miles of the Neuse River run through Lenoir County?

43 miles. Outdoor enthusiasts will fall in love with nature's many sounds and scenes along the Neuse River. Several historically significant Civil War sites are scattered along the riverbank. Bring your own canoe or kayak, join in on one of two guided paddle events or reserve a canoe and equipment at the Neuseway Nature Center. For more information please turn to pages 15 & 29.

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How many Civil War artifacts are on display at the Kinston-Lenoir County Visitors Center?

Over 1,000. History lovers will enjoy learning about Lenoir County's two Civil War battlefields at the Visitor Center. Indoor and outdoor displays, a fiber optic map, educational films and more provide visitors a wealth of information. For more information please turn to page 9.

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What is Kinston's oldest brick structure?

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How many different varieties of beer does Mother Earth Brewing bottle year-round?

Four. In addition to the four that are produced year round many others are produced seasonally. Enjoy all the different varieties by visiting the Tap Room or learn more on a brewery tour. For more information please turn to page 28.

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Where can you search genealogical records, past censuses, old newspapers, photographs and more?

Heritage Place Genealogical Library at Lenoir Community College. This is the place to begin for those wishing to trace their ancestry. Genealogical enthusiast can enjoy searching a large database of records and the help of a friendly, knowledgeable staff to help "jump start" your family search. For more information please turn to page 12.

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Where is the world's only full size replica of a Confederate gunboat located?

Corner of Herritage and Gordon Streets. Experience firsthand what life was like for the 80 men crew of the CSS Neuse by touring it's replica the CSS Neuse II. For more information please turn to page 9.

Caswell No. 1 Fire Station Museum. Kinston's fire fighting history comes alive in the building built after a disastrous fire destroyed much of downtown Kinston in 1895. For more information please turn to page 10. 2

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Where did Gov. Richard Caswell move the State's records during the Revolutionary War?

Harmony Hall. Harmony Hall was the defacto seat of government of North Carolina under the leadership of Gov. Caswell during the Revolutionary War. Gov. Caswell felt that Tryon Palace was much too vulnerable to house the State's records and moved the State's Office and meetings to Kinston from 1777-1781. For more information please turn to page 12.

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Where can you spend the night camping in a replica Indian tepee?

Neuseway Campground. This artistical canvas tepee can be rented for $25 per night and overlooks the Neuse River. There's lots of activities, from canoeing to fishing, to enjoy during your trip to the Neuseway Nature Center. For more information please turn to page 15.

During which Civil War battle was the last mass capture of Union soldiers?

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How many BBQ cook teams compete during BBQ Festival on the Neuse?

Over 60+. Competing in two different divisions, Professional and Backyard, allows everyone a chance to win prize money and produces some of the most tantalizing BBQ found anywhere. The first weekend in May thousands of visitors enjoy great food, good music, arts and crafts, children's activities, the rubber duck race, classic cars and so much more. For more information please turn to page 29.

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How many men from Kinston played with James Brown?

Melvin Parker, Maceo Parker, Dick Knight, Nate Jones, and Levi Raspberry. Kinston is home to legends in the blues and jazz fields. The new African-American Heritage Music Trail, directed by the Community Council for the Arts, will help educate visitors to this history. The Arts Council provides a wide variety of programs for the public. For more information please turn to page 11.

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The ponds at Neuseway Nature Center are stocked with what type of fish?

The Battle of Wyse Fork. Walk in the footsteps of history with a private guided tour of two different Civil War battlefields, the First Battle of Kinston and the Battle of Wyse Fork. For more information please turn to page 28.

Channel Catfish. Thanks to Neuseway Nature Center's Loaner Rod & Reel program even visitors can enjoy fishing in the stocked ponds. For more information please turn to page 15.

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Looking for accomodations, dining, attractions, events, tours, recreation, maps and brochures? VisitKinston.com is your one-stop shop for planning your visit! Simply hold your Smartphone with camera and app over the QR code so that you can see it on the screen. Your phone will capture the information and the app will open.

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Heritage Place Genealogical Library Kinston is home to one of the leading genealogy research facilities in North Carolina. Located on the campus of Lenoir Community College, research material focuses primarily on eastern North Carolina but also includes a large section of Virginia. Extensive microfilm holdings include all available censuses for North Carolina and through 1850 for Virginia, numerous court records and newspapers. Old Dobbs County is a special feature of local research. Collections consist of genealogy research on hundreds of families in North Carolina and photographs of places from past eras in Lenoir County history. Heritage Place houses a collection of artifacts so that the viewer gets some insight into business, occupational, and family life of bygone days. The staff is pleased to assist researchers with the genealogical and local history collections in Heritage Place, but is not able to undertake detailed research. Turn to page 12 for contact information. Kinston-Lenoir County Tourism Development Authority


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Discover the adventures in Kinston’s backyard!

Join the VisitKinston staff on a bus tour of many of our sites and attractions. Take this opportunity to enjoy attractions that highlight Kinston's unique history, arts, attractions and outdoor adventures. Custom tours available for groups. • Battlefield Driving Tours • Historic Harmony Hall • Gov. Caswell / CSS Neuse State Historic Site • CSS Neuse II • Community Council for the Arts • Neuseway Nature Center, Planetarium, Health & Science Museum

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African-American Music Trail adds to Public Art Trail Home to more than 50 public art pieces, the Community Council for the Arts, Mrs. J.S. Brody Permanent Public Arts Collection in Kinston has the largest collection of public art east of Raleigh. The growing collection of downtown murals, sculptures, bike racks, benches,and many other types of art offers opportunities for visitors and residents alike to learn about Kinston’s history and culture al fresco. Located in Pearson Park and scheduled to be completed this year, the sculptural bandstand canopy designed and fabricated by Hanna and Jodie Jubran is one of the largest art projects to date. Constructed of stainless steel, bronze, wood and copper this art piece/work will offer an insight to the areas rich African American Music Heritage while providing a venue for entertainment. To discover all the pieces in the collection stop by the Arts Council for a map identifying the location of each piece of art.

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150 years after the bloody conflict that changed our nation forever, Kinston is poised to play a major role as we tell “the rest of the story”. Beginning in 2011 Visitors will have the the opportunity to “Walk in the footprints of history” as they discover the rest of the Civil War story, a story that has been relatively untold…North Carolina’s story during the Civil War.

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Centrally located in Eastern North Carolina, Kinston is ideally situated to serve as the starting point for anyone searching for a greater understanding of North Carolina’s role during America’s Civil War.

you to discover Kinston's rich history as you embark on tours of our battlefields, museums, and gunboats. In 2012 the opening of the CSS Neuse Interpretive Center will position Kinston as the most comprehensive resource for Civil War exploration and education in North Carolina. Visitors will find themselves in awe as they view the largest collection of Civil War Naval artifacts including the remains of the only Commissioned Confederate Ironclad in the world. Just a short distance from the CSS Neuse Interpretive Center visitors can actually board an Ironclad and experience the life of a Civil War Sailor on the CSS Neuse II. The “rest of the story” continues... • Kinston-Lenoir County Visitors and Information Center - home to many civil war artifacts, remnants of a war fought 150 years ago and discovered years after the battle.

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• Kinston Battlefield Park - Harriet’s Chapel Site and Starr’s Battery transport visitors back in time as they explore the quaint 1860’s church and battery walk. Stories and records from the 1st Battle of Kinston report the small church and Starr’s battery as the location of some of the most intense fighting during the battle. Battlefield Memorial Site is dedicated to the memory of the men who fought and died during the 1st Battle of Kinston. • Mapplewood Cemetery - mass burial site and grave of an unknown Union Soldier. • The Cultural Heritage Museum - the story of the US Colored Troops. • Battle of Wyse Fork Battlefield - Second Largest Battle in NC where the last mass capture of Union Soldiers took place.

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CSS Neuse Interpretive Center Become captivated by the story of the CSS Neuse Ironclad's short life and her eventual 100 year sleep beneath the waters of the Neuse River. In March of 1865, the CSS Neuse was set ablaze by her crew to prevent her capture by Union forces. A large explosion near the port bow quickly sent the Neuse to the riverbottom, where she remained until 1963. In 2012 the remains of the CSS Neuse will be moved to the new CSS Neuse Interpretive Center. When complete it will encompass more than 40,000 square feet. Here the world’s only commissioned Confederate ironclad will be displayed and permanently preserved. 31,000 square feet will be used to display the ship and much of her huge artifact collection which numbers over 12,000. This makes it the single largest collection associated with a Confederate ship. Exhibits will include a scale 12’ Brooke cannon with a functioning carriage for visitors to work, realistic barracks for the soldiers garrisoned in Kinston and a reconstruction of part of the ship’s deck so you will feel like you are literally standing on the ship. The facility will also include a 100 seat theater, gift shop, traveling collections exhibit area, artifact storage and conservation area and classroom space. 7


��ractions CSS Neuse Interpretive Center 100 N. Queen St. (252) 522-2107 Hours: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursdays Admission: Free

Historians have learned much about Confederate Navy life from artifacts salvaged from the CSS Neuse. Museum visitors can

see coal rakes used to keep the coal evenly burning in the boat’s huge boilers, cannonballs, ammunition shells, a belt buckle, wrenches, files, shovels, sockets, the cook’s stove, the bell from the CSS Neuse and an intact bottle of Lea and Perrin’s Worcestershire sauce. A rare English-made cuff button from an officer’s coat, a

button bearing the N.C. State Seal and another with the Confederate Navy emblem are among the treasures on display. A wall plaque offers information on some of the boat’s crew members, including Capt. Joseph Price and 2nd Lt. Richard Bacot. Also on the wall are photos showing the rescue operation undertaken to raise the CSS Neuse from its watery grave in the Neuse River. A cut-out scale model of the boat gives visitors a birds-eye view of life aboard a Civil War gunboat, and a video presents a history of the boat.

CSS Neuse State Site and Gov. Richard Caswell Museum 2613 W. Vernon Ave. (U.S. 70 Bus.) (252) 522-2091 Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays Admission: Free nchistoricsites.org/neuse/ neuse.htm The story of Richard Caswell’s life is meCSS8 Neuse State Site Living History

morialized in a museum at the state site bearing his name. Caswell was a Revolutionary War hero, North Carolina’s first elected governor and a prominent businessman. He was a delegate to the Second Continental Congress, and ill health prevented him from becoming a signer of the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution. * * * One of only four remaining Civil War ironclads, the CSS Neuse was a ram, designed to collide with, and sink enemy boats. Free guided tours of the remnants of the ship are available at the site. She was built in nearby Whitehall, now Seven Springs, just a short distance away. Confederate Naval Cmdr. James W. Cook, a native North Carolinian, oversaw her construction as well as that of the CSS Albemarle and an unnamed ironclad in Tarboro. Iron confiscated from Atlantic & North Carolina Railroad Company tracks between Kinston and New Bern was rolled into plates and used

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to cover the boat. The propeller and shafts were made in the Confederate Naval Yard in Charlotte. The boiler and her engine came from Pugh's Saw Mill near Kinston. The story of the boat’s construction, her short life and her eventual 100-year sleep beneath the waters of the Neuse River is a captivating one. You’ll learn why N.C. Gov. Zebulon Vance allowed railroads to be plundered for iron, why construction was delayed so long, how Union sailors nearly captured the coveted ironclad and why it finally sank with an 8-foot hole in its port side.

CSS Neuse II

Corner of Herritage and Gordon Streets (252) 560-2150, (252) 523-2500; Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays, Other times by appointment Admission: Free. Donations appreciated cssneusefoundation.com Visit the world’s only fullsized facsimile of a Confederate gunboat to realize what a sailor’s life was like

during the Civil War. The 158-foot long boat draws visitors from across the United States and from around the world.

details sure to capture your attention and leave you with a truer sense of navy life in the mid-1800s.

A tour will reveal details of the sailors’ lives – their quarters, the ship’s boiler that needed constant attention, the gun mountings, dining quarters, captain’s quarters and hear

Caswell Developmental Center Museum

2415 W. Vernon Ave. (252) 208-3780 Hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, and by

appointment Admission: Free caswellcenter.org The Stroud House, home to the Caswell Developmental Center Museum, built in the late 1800s once was the main house of a plantation. In 1911, thanks to Dr. Ira Hardy, it opened as the state’s first residential facility for mental retarda-

Make your first stop . . .

Kinston-Lenoir County Visitor’s and Information Center (252) 522-0004 Hwy 70 and 258 South • 101 East New Bern Road Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Sunday Admission: Free kinstonrec.com/visitors.html

The Kinston-Lenoir County Visitor’s and Information Center is located on the historic battlefield of the First Battle of Kinston. Indoor and outdoor displays are representative of the 1862 First Battle of Kinston and the Civil War. Restroom facilities, pet facilities, vending area, wireless internet and local, regional and national maps are available. A 30 sq ft fiber optic map of Lenoir County and the surrounding area interprets the North Carolina Blue-Gray Scenic Byway, through the Lenoir County area, and the First Battle of Kinston. A 50 seat auditorium with films showcasing Lenoir County and its current attractions and the Blue-Gray Scenic Byway run until 5:00 p.m.

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��ractions tion patients. The museum gives visitors a glimpse into treatment methods used nearly a century ago.

Caswell No. 1 Fire Station Museum

118 S. Queen St. (252) 521-5648 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays; 2 p.m.-6 p.m. Sundays; By appointment MondaysFridays Admission: Free Almost every man, at some point has yearned to be a fireman, riding on the

back of a red fire truck and ringing the bell to tell everyone within hearing distance that help was on the way. See late 19th century fire equipment, including a truck that was on the scene during Kinston’s devastating fire of 1895 that destroyed nearly all downtown homes and businesses. The building, on the National Register of Historic Places, is the city’s original fire station and the oldest brick structure in Kinston.

Civil War Battlefields First Battle of Kinston Civil War Battlefield Park

Memorial Site - One block south of US 70 East at the corner of Meadowbrook and Harriet Drive Hours: Dawn until dusk Contact: (252) 522-0540 or (252) 468-1424 Admission: Free historicalpreservationgroup.org In the twilight of a December night, the sounds you hear might be a breeze tickling the grass, or the

Semiquincentennial 2012 Become a part of the celebration as the City of Kinston marks a monumental Semiquincentennial in 2012. Kinston is seizing the opportunity as we celebrate to encourage visitors to discover our community. This historic town settled on the banks of the Neuse is alive and leading the way in culture, arts, sports and entertainment with an abudance of “fun things to do”! Kinston’s eager to celebrate our heritage and bright future as two exciting heritage tourism attractions open in 2012: The CSS Neuse Interpretive Center and the African American Music Project. The year long semiquincentennial will

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A plaza on the battlefield displays the U.S. flag flanked on either side by the Confederate and Union flags flown at the time of the battle. A walking path tops a berm, and along the side are markers for each state whose soldiers fought in the battle, along with the state’s regiments. The battlefield is part of the North Carolina Civil War Trails program, which helps provide historical markers to interpret campaign sites and corridors of the Civil War.

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long lost voices of Confederate and Union soldiers fighting to the death. The bloody First Battle of Kinston began on Dec. 10, 1862 and left 685 casualties after 2,400 Confederates faced 12,000 Union troops. Now you can walk this hallowed ground.

A self-guided driving tour brochure for the First Battle of Kinston is available at the Kinston-Lenoir County Visitor and Information Center. Private battlefield tours available by appointment

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only. Contact 252‑522‑0540.

Harriet’s Chapel Site - Hwy 258 South, one quarter of a mile south of the intersection of Hwy 70 East and Hwy 258 South. (1/4 of a mile from the KinstonLenoir County Visitor and Information Center) Hours: Dawn to Dusk Contact: (252) 522-0540 or (252) 468-1424 Admission: Free historicalpreservationgroup.org As you stand on the site of Harriet’s Chapel, step back in time and imagine the horrendous scene in this area following that bloody battle on the morning of December 14. The church, an old barn like structure was perforated with bullet and cannon ball holes, bodies lay scattered on the ground and on the floor, as surgeons began treating the wounded and using the battle scarred building as a hospital. Battle of Wyse Fork Civil War Battlefield Map Marker

Hwy 70 East toward New Bern at the intersection of Hwy 70 East and British Road

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historicalpreservationgroup.org The Second Battle of Kinston, often called the Battle of Wyse Fork, was fought March 7-10, 1865, near Southwest Creek. Confederate forces numbered 8,500 against 12,000 Union troops as the federal army advanced from New Bern toward Goldsboro. Their goal was to secure the New Bern-Goldsboro Railroad so it could supply Gen. William T. Sherman’s army. The battle left 1,500

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Confederates and 1,001 Union casualties. Self guided driving tour brochure and CD for the Battle of Wyse Fork are available at the KinstonLenoir County Visitor and Information Center. Private Battlefield Tours available by appointment only. Contact 252‑522‑0540.

Community Council for the Arts 400 N. Queen St.

(252) 527-2517 Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m., TueFri; 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sat. Admission: Free kinstoncca.com Art lovers will not want to miss the building now housing one of the finest arts centers in the state. This state-of-the-art 30,000-square-foot center is today on the National Register of Historic Places. Visual art occupies onethird of the space, with exhibits changing every six 11


��ractions to eight weeks. As many as 300 works by up to 200 local, regional, national and international artists are on display at any given time. A large, detailed model train display is part of the permanent exhibit, and runs from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. every first and fourth Saturday of the month.

Harmony Hall

109 E. King St. (252) 522-0421 Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Tuesdays-Saturdays Admission: Free harmonyhallkinston.com Jesse Cobb built this colonial showplace in 1772, four years before the American Colonies’ War for Independence. Richard Caswell, Revolutionary War hero and North Carolina’s first elected governor, once owned the house and for a brief time it became the state’s capital, housing important records and accounts. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Harmony Hall is lovingly restored and furnished with meticulous attention to detail. Many original Harmony 12 Hall

features, such as brickwork and moldings, are examples of work by early Kinston craftsmen. A garden features flowers and plants indigenous to the area and appropriate to the age of the house. A turn of the century schoolhouse sits at the rear of the property, complete with desks and blackboards.

Heritage Place

231 N.C. 58 South on the Lenoir Community College campus (252) 527-6223 ext. 508 Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Wednesdays; 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursdays; 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Fridays Admission: Free lenoircc.edu/Library/ heritageplace.htm You won’t find a better collection of historical information about eastern North Carolina, Virginia and South Carolina than at Heritage Place. Walking into the room is like taking a step back in time. Pick up a family tree packet and trace your roots. Read priceless family notes and records donated to the center, as well as wills, deeds and vital statistics.

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You can even study U.S. Census reports from 1790 to 1930, or local newspaper records from 1855 through current issues. Online help from Ancestery.com and HeritageQuest is available.

La Grange Arts Center

102 W. Railroad St. La Grange, NC 28551 (252) 566-3740 Hours: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays; 2 p.m.-4 p.m. Sundays during exhibits; Admission: Free Housed in the historic Commodore Barrow House, built circa 1905, the La Grange Arts Center serves as a cultural center hosting exhibits, craft shows, and art classes. The center, the first brick home in La Grange, today includes exhibit areas, a studio for classes, a clay room and kiln. Visitors may also enjoy architectural details original to the home including a beautifully “grained” staircase and hall woodwork as well as an Eastlake frieze dividing the front and back hall.

Maplewood-HebrewCedar Grove Cemeteries Shine and Davis Streets Hours: Dawn until dusk Admission: Free

The city’s oldest municipally-owned cemetery is a 21-acre treasure of unique monuments on graves dating back nearly two centuries. Many members of Kinston’s leading families are buried here, and some tombstones date back to the 1840s. One area contains a large mass grave of Confederate soldiers who died during the Battle of Kinston in 1862. The United Daughters of the Confederacy erected the original monument 30 years later.

men and women who have served our great country. It parallels the picturesque Neuse River as it winds its way through the beautifully landscaped Tiffany West

and Veteran's Park. Along the way small sitting areas and memorials afford quiet places for reflection and tribute.

…exciting adventures outside of the traditional classroom Embark on an adventurous voyage of educational opportunities and exchange the average school day for a fulfilling trip to Kinston. The VisitKinston staff is prepared to help you with customized plans for your field trip. We offer a broad range of activities from exploring Civil War battlefields to star gazing in our planetarium. Educational Adventures offer fun filled

The Walk of Honor Off Herritage St. in Tiffany West Park (252) 522-0517 Hours: Dawn until dusk Admission: Free walkofhonor.com

The Walk of Honor is a permanent commemorative walkway that is paved with bricks engraved with the names of honored

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educational and interactive activities that complement seven fields of study. The VisitKinston staff will be happy to do the work for you! Want to know more about the program?

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�ecreation ride rambles over 1200 feet of castor designed steel track. Approximately 40 children and/or adults can be accommodated each trip. Make sure the entire family visits the 1927 Vintage B&O Railroad Caboose to purchase tickets and souvenirs.

Historic Grainger Stadium 400 E. Grainger Ave. (252) 527-9111

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Barnet Disc Golf Course 100 Sand Clay Road GPS Coordinates: N 35°16.725’; W 077°38.429’ (252) 939-3332 Hours: Dawn to dusk Admission: Free kinstondiscgolf.com

Spend a morning or the entire day enjoying one of America’s hottest new sports – disc golf! Barnet Park’s 18-hole course winds through the woods 14

around the park. You’ll find downhill holes, uphill holes, doglegs and one heavily obstructed hole, but most of what you’ll find is a day of great fun for all ages. Play doubles at 6 p.m. every Tuesday, but come early to sign up. Bring your own equipment, or purchase what you need at the county Parks and Recreation Department, 405 N. McLewean St. Check the website for special events.

Big Daddy’s Express 401 W. Caswell St. (252) 939-3332 Hours: (June-August) 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays; 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Sundays During other months, call for hours of operation. Admission: $1.00 for 1 lap neusewaypark.com

Hop aboard the express and say “howdy” to Big Daddy Beaver, Rocky Raccoon, and Penelope Possum’s family. The leisurely

Baseball has always been a popular pasttime in Kinston and Lenoir County. Today visitors can enjoy the sport in Historic Grainger Stadium, a premium site that has won awards for its beautiful and immaculatelymaintained field. The stadium was renovated recently to provide new scoreboard technology, comfortable seating and plenty of restroom space. Check the VisitKinston calendar often for a listing of games and events at Grainger Stadium such as the Freedom Classic Tournament. And by the way – parking is free!

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Ironclad Motorsports

Lenoir County Fair Association 400 Fairgrounds Road (252) 624-9808 Admission: Varied ironcladmotorsports.com The Ironclad Motorcross & Extreme Dirt Track Racing flat track is centrally located in Lenoir County at the fairgrounds. Competitors come from all around not only to race against the best riders anywhere but also have the chance to face the "IRONCLAD"! Whether you face the thrill of the Supercross-style dirt bike track, or the speed and fun of the ATV pro flat track, these tracks have it all...and only the strongest even dare to race it!

ing’s most thrilling events! The Kinston Drag Strip has been in continuous operation since 1960 and its concentration on familyoriented fun is one big reason. A 1/8 mile and ¼ mile offers fans the chance to see as many as 150 cars battle for up to seven hours during a regular race. Drivers come from across North Carolina, Virginia, South Carolina and as many as 15 other states. Kids of all ages love meeting and talking with the drivers. A snack bar provides plenty of food throughout the race. Sit

in the bleachers or bring your own lounge chair. Kids 12 and younger admitted free. All events are sanctioned and insured by the International Hot Rod Association.

Neuseway Nature Center and Campgrounds

401 W. Caswell St. (252) 939-3367 Hours: 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays; 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Sundays; Closed Mondays Admission: Free to Nature Center;

Fee at campgrounds neusewaypark.com Whether you’re a RV-er or a tent camper, Neuseway Campgrounds has a site for you! Here you can camp under the stars and listen to the nightly sounds of owls and frogs on the nearby riverbanks. Full hook-ups, including water and sewer, bathrooms and showers, fire rings, picnic sites, a dump station, 20-, 30-, and 50-amp electric hook-ups, river access and a covered 30-foot by 60-foot picnic shelter are available. Full hook-

Kinston Drag Strip 2250 N.C. 11/55 South Open: Thursdays through Sundays (252) 527-4337; (252) 522-9551 Tickets: $10; Special events $15; 12 and under: free kdsmotorsports.com

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�ecreation ups are $12 per day. Tent sites are $6. Or enjoy the newest addition to the campground by sleeping in a replica Indian Tepee for only $25 for minimum of two nights. Reservations will assure you of a spot. Facilities are also available for larger groups, such as family reunions. *** Spend a day or a week at the Nature Center! Here’s a safe, entertaining and educational place for children that will capture their minds and hearts. Exhibits include plants and animals native to North Carolina such as poisonous and non-poisonous snakes, turtles, alligators, raccoons, osprey and a red-tailed

hawk. A talking African Grey parrot enjoys telling a nearby cockatoo to be quiet, and the parrot’s conversation will amaze children. A saltwater tank lets children touch sea creatures, and experienced staff members will help them climb a 16-foot by 24-foot rock climbing wall. If fishing is your passion, you can borrow a rod, reel and tackle to fish in one of the center’s ponds stocked with channel catfish. Rather go boating? Sixteen-foot Mohawk canoes, oars and life jackets can be reserved. And if you enjoy walking, several self-guided nature trails wind their way through the 55-acre site.

Neuseway Planetarium and Health & Science Museum

403 W. Caswell St. (252) 939-3302 Hours: 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.; 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Sundays; Closed Mondays Admission: Free neusewaypark.com Kids will love the fun and never realize they’re learning as they crawl through a giant model of intestines, a mouth, a stomach, an underground tunnel of a blood vessel or play with the puppet theater. They’ll love the hands-on health and science exhibits designed to teach and amuse children of all ages.

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The 52-seat planetarium has a giant dome to display the sun, moon, stars and planets. Children and adults will gaze with wonder at the galactic shows offered at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays. On Saturdays, shows start at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 4 p.m., and on Sundays from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Pepsi Splash Pad

Fairfield Park 800 Greenbriar Road (252) 939-3332 Open: Memorial DayLabor Day Hours: 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays; 1 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Sundays Admission: $1 per person kinstonrec.com As the dog days of summer approach, your little ones can have a “cool” day in the park splashing in Kinston’s latest water feature addition. Six exciting water sprays, dump buckets, and splashers will entertain and delight children 12 and under. A shade cover, lounge chairs and umbrellas will keep Mom or Dad “cool” while the little ones play. Parents

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will be happy to know that there is an attendant on duty. The Splash Pad is available for private party rental.

Rotary Dog Park

Intersection Hwy 11/55 South & 70 Bypass (252) 939-3332 Hours: Dawn to Dusk Admission: Free kinstonrec.com Just down the road from the Neuseway Nature Center, your furry friend is the special guest at this park featuring a walking trail for two and four feet visitors, fenced in retrieving area, agility course, and exercise area! The park also features large ponds used for AKC hunt tests each year.

Tull’s Mill Pond

1594 Old Pink Hill Road Deep Run, NC 28572 (252) 568-4634 Hours: 7 a.m.-Dusk Mondays-Sundays March 1-Nov. 30 Admission: $5 per person for boat fishing; $3 per person for bank fishing Whether you prefer to spend a couple of hours

or the entire day, there is plenty to enjoy at Tull’s Mill Pond, a 200-acre millpond that is open to the public for fishing, kayaking and canoeing. Spend the afternoon bird watching, picnicking on the grass, or taking advantage of the beautiful natural scenery photographs. The pond is stocked with bluegills, channel catfish, largemouth bass, shellcrackers, fliers, robin and perch. A concrete boat ramp provides access for those fishing with their own boat. Bank fishing is also available along with an on-site bait shop open 7 days a week.

on a trapeze 10 feet above a sparkling pool, or zip down a four-story water slide into another pool. Whether you want to spend the day relaxing by one of five pools, playing water basketball or volleyball games, this is the

place to enjoy the day with the entire family. You can feel safe knowing certified lifeguards are also on duty. Snacks and sodas are available. Private party bookings and birthday packages for groups and organizations are also available.

West Water Park

1160 Strawberry Branch Rd (252) 520-9378 Open: Memorial Day-Labor Day Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays; 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Sundays Admission: (Mon.-Fri.) $10 – Full-day pass; $7 – Half-day pass (Sat. & Sun.) $8 – Half-day pass westwaterpark.net Beat the heat as you swing

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Emergency Contacts For emergencies dial 911; however; listed below you will find the number for the Administrative Offices for each agency: • Kinston Fire & Police Dept: 252-939-3220 • Lenoir Emergency Services: 252-526-6666 • Lenoir County Sheriff’s Dept.: 252-559-6100

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• NC Highway Patrol 1-800-441-6127

VisitKinston 301 N. Queen St. Kinston, NC 28501 1-800-869-0032 (252) 523-2500 www.VisitKinston.com

Cash Points Locations Jackson Crossroads 3400 Pink Hill Road Piggly Wiggly E. New Bern Road Greentree Plaza Shopping Center Hwy 258 N Heritage Crossing Shopping Center 2511 N. Herritage Street NCSECU Branch Site 2216 W. Vernon Ave. Vernon Park Mall Hardee Rd. and Vernon Ave.

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�ining & �ho�ing DINING GUIDE

AMERICAN & REGIONAL Andy’s www.andyscheesesteaks.com • Heritage Plaza; (252) 526-5189 • 4138 W. Vernon Avenue; (252) 522-2224 • 304 East Washington St, La Grange; (252) 566-2434 • 6018 Hwy 11 South, Pink Hill; (252) 568-2366 Cheesesteaks, cheeseburgers, orangeade, lemonade, and thick milkshakes. Mon-Sun: L D

$ Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill and Bar www.applebees.com (252) 233-0362 4483 Hwy. 70 West Casual dining atmosphere featuring burgers, salads, pasta, and chicken menu items. Mon-Sun: L D

BJ’s Grill

Byrd’s Restaurant

Chicken Coop

(252) 566-4702 7823 Hwy 70 West, La Grange Serving traditional Eastern North Carolina fare - BBQ, fried chicken, etc. Mon-Sat: B L

196 Hwy 58 South (252) 523-3422 Casual “country cooking”. Mon-Fri: B L Sat: B

(252) 568-1210 606 W. Kinston Boulevard, Pink Hill Southern cooking, daily specials. Tue-Fri: B L D Sun: L

$ Bluebird Cafe (252) 527-5058 225 E. New Bern Road Hwy. 70 Bypass, inside Neuse Sport Shop Home cooking. Lunch, all-day breakfast. Mon-Sun: B L

$ Chef and the Farmer www.chefandthefarmer.com (252) 208-2433 120 W. Gordon Street Upscale dining in a modern atmosphere. Tue-Sat: D

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Chef and the Farmer Wine Shop

Broken Eagle Restaurant

www.chefandthefarmer.com (252) 208-2433 120 W. Gordon Street Upscale selection of wine. Tue-Sat

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$ Christopher’s (252) 527-3716 217 N. Queen Street Country cooking served in a casual atmosphere. Mon-Sat: B L D

$ Cubbie’s (252) 523-9715 802 Vernon Avenue “Famous” cheeseburgers and milkshakes. Mon-Sun: L D

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East Coast Wings

King’s Restaurant

(252) 686-0922

www.kingsbbq.com • Hwy 70; (252) 527-2101 • Vernon Avenue; (252) 527-1661 • North Queen Street; (252) 523-3303 Eastern Carolina barbecue and fried chicken. Mon-Sun: L D

3021 N. Herritage Street Lunch specials, wings, salads, burgers, unique appetizers Mon-Sun: L D

$ Golden Corral www.goldencorral.net (252) 523-7585 4468 W. Vernon Avenue Family friendly environment with a wide variety of food on the buffet. Mon-Sun: L D Sat-Sun: B

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Kinstonian Family Restaurant (252) 527-7800 3700 W. Vernon Avenue Country cooking served buffet style. Mon-Sat: L D Sun: L

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Ken’s Grill (252) 566-4765 7645 Hwy 70 West, La Grange Grill, Barbeque Wed & Sat. Mon-Tue: B L Wed-Sun: B L D

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Ruby Tuesday

(252) 566-4161 123 Washington Street, La Grange Daily buffet with specials, salad bar. Mon-Fri: L D Sun: L

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Lovick’s Café (252) 523-6854 320 N. Herritage Street Country style dining with specialty “doughburgers.” Mon-Fri: B L Sat: B

www.rubytuesday.com (252) 523-4067 3725 W. Vernon Avenue Casual dining restaurant featuring extensive salad bar. Mon-Sun: L D

$ Smith’s Cafe

Popp's Place Country Buffet

(252) 522-4040 2424 US 258 North Southern country cooking, cafeteria style Mon-Fri: B L Sat: B

(252) 686-0917 2000 W. Vernon Avenue Home cooking Tue-Sat: B L D Sun: D

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Sutton's Restaurant (252) 566-4198 113 South Caswell Street, La Grange Country cooking, Sunday buffet. Mon-Wed: L Thur-Sat: L D Sun: L

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• 3001 N. Herritage Street (252) 523-0262 • 1050 W. New Bern Road (US 70 Bypass) (252) 559-1360 Southern-style cooking; baked goods, milkshakes. Mon-Sun: B L

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Main Moon

Chen’s Chinese (252) 520-0153 211 W. Vernon Avenue Authentic Chinese cuisine; eat-in or carry-out. Mon-Sun: L D

$ Tokyo Kinston

$ Golden China Buffet (252) 523-6808 4147 W. Vernon Avenue Authentic Chinese cuisine served buffet-style. Mon-Sun: L D

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(252) 523-1888 1201 W. Vernon Avenue, Suite D Lunch menu, sushi, sashimi, soups, salads, desserts Mon-Sat: L D

$ Wok & Roll

House of Wang (252) 527-7897 710 W. Vernon Avenue Serving Asian and American style cuisine in a casual atmosphere. Mon-Sat: D Wed-Fri: L

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(252) 527-9600 909 W. Vernon Avenue Authentic Chinese food. Eat-in or carry-out. Mon-Sun: L D

(252) 523-7400 2424 N. Herritage Street Asian cuisine served in a casual atmosphere. Eat-in or carry-out. Mon-Sun: L D

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Grounded Gourmet Coffee and Juice (252) 527-7010 115 S. Queen Street Gourmet coffee, cookies, snacks and juices. Mon-Thurs: B L D Fri: B L

Breakfast Nook (252) 208-0998 1602 N. Queen Street All breakfast items including homemade muffins. Mon-Sun: B L

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Aggie’s

(252) 527-3770 1604 W. Vernon Avenue Fresh baked pastries and desserts. Custom made cakes. Mon-Sat

(252) 208-1449 909 W. Vernon Avenue Steak subs along with a variety of hot and cold sandwiches. Mon-Sat: L D

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Deo Volenté Bakery

Arby’s

www.dvbakery.com (252) 522-2253 3715 A W. Vernon Avenue Cakes, cookies, cupcakes, brownies, pies, cheesecakes, fundraisers, weddings, birthdays, special occasions. Corporate and wholesale. Mon-Fri: B L D Sat: B L

www.arbys.com (252) 527-1085 4173 W. Vernon Avenue, Kinston Pointe Fast food restaurant specializing in Market-fresh sandwiches. Mon-Sun: L D

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The Folded Napkin Bistro & Catering (252) 527-5008 115 W. North Street Daily luncheon specials, salads, kid’s meals, soups, combo plates, desserts and catering. Wed-Fri: L

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Our Picnic Basket www.ourpicnicbasket.com 214 N. Herritage Street; (252) 520-9800 Gourmet sandwiches, homemade soups, specialty salads, different casseroles, and award winning desserts. Catering is available. Mon-Sat: L

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Peach House (252) 522-2526 412 W. Vernon Avenue Sandwiches, soups, salads, desserts and daily features. Mon-Fri: L

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Subway www.subway.com • 2405 N. Herritage Street; (252) 523-9188 • 4153 W. Vernon Avenue; (252) 523-6913 • 4101 W. Vernon Avenue; (252) 523-5414 • 401 E. New Bern Road; (252) 523-2427 • 2719 Hwy 11-55; (252) 520-7770 • 5899 Hwy 11 S., Pink Hill; (252) 568-9924 Made-to-order sub sandwiches, with many low-fat options. Mon-Sun: B L D

Supreme Deli & Subs

Fast Food

(252) 523-2230 106 E. Vernon Avenue Deli-style subs made-to-order. Mon-Sat: L D

Bojangles

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www.bojangles.com • 1028 W. New Bern Road; (252) 527-1664 • 3007 N. Herritage Street; (252) 559-2014 • 400 Vernon Avenue; (252) 523-1783 • 7858 Hwy 70 West, La Grange; (252) 566-3425 Famous chicken and biscuits. Mon-Sun: B L D

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�ining & �ho�ing Burger King

Hardee’s

www.burgerking.com • 2402 N. Herritage Street; (252) 939-1465 • 2015 W. Vernon Avenue; (252) 523-1864 Fast food restaurant featuring charbroiled burgers. Mon-Sun: B L D

www.hardees.com • 1344 Hwy 258S; (252) 527-7925 • 4171 W. Vernon Avenue; Kinston Pointe; (252) 523-3323 • 200 W. Vernon Avenue; (252) 527-1222 Fast food chain featuring “Thickburgers” and fried chicken. Mon-Sun: B L D

$ Chick-fil-A www.chick-fil-a.com/kinston • Vernon Park Mall; (252) 523-9864 • 4499 Hwy 70; (252) 208-0744 Chicken sandwiches, nuggets, and strips served with waffle fries or fruit salads. Mon-Sat: B L D

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Kentucky Fried Chicken www.kfc.com (252) 527-6411 1613 W. Vernon Avenue Fast food restaurant specializing in family style fried chicken meals. Mon-Sun: L D

$ McDonald’s www.mcdonalds.com • 612 E. New Bern Road; (252) 523-8925 • 110 W. Vernon Avenue; (252) 523-6665 • 4194 W. Vernon Avenue; (252) 208-0045 Fast food restaurant specializing in hamburgers and French fries. Mon-Sun: B L D

Taco Bell www.tacobell.com (252) 527-5555 1806 W. Vernon Avenue Fast food chain serving tacos, burritos and many other specialty items. Mon-Sun: L D

$ Wendy’s www.wendys.com • 4535 Hwy 70 West; (252) 522-3050 • 2409 N. Herritage Street; (252) 527-5806 “Old Fashioned” hamburgers, specialty salads, and “Frostys.” Mon-Sun: L D

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North Carolina Barbecue..... Lenoir County folks really know good barbecue! We begin with whole pigs, split and slow-roasted over live coals or wood. After cooking the pigs for hours the meat is chopped by hand, using a cleaver. The finishing touch is the sauce, always vinegar based with ground peppers! Don't miss this delectable treat when you visit Kinston and Lenoir County! Kinston has it's own festival to celebrate “barbecue”. Visit KinstonBBQ.com. 24

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Italian/ pizzeria

Olympian Restaurant (252) 523-0333 601 W. Vernon Avenue Greek style cuisine in a family friendly atmosphere. Mon-Sun: L D

Domino’s Pizza

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www.dominos.com (252) 523-4422 1201 W. Vernon Avenue Made-to-order pizza for delivery or carry-out. Mon-Sun: L D

Ice cream

Lily’s Subs & Pizza

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Dairy Bar (252) 523-7734 225 E. New Bern Road (Hwy 70 Bypass) Frenchman’s Creek Ice cream, shakes, sundaes, hotdogs. Mon-Sun: L D

$ Yummie's Ice Cream & Grill (252) 520-7622 3701 W. Vernon Avenue Serving ice cream, fried chicken and Mexican Mon-Sun: L D

(252) 523-0011 2423 N. Herritage St. Homemade pizza, subs, pasta, and burgers. Mon-Sat: L D

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Pizza Plus

www.papajohns.com (252) 527-8585 1004 W. Vernon Avenue Carry-out and delivery pizza restaurant. Mon-Sun: L D

(252) 568-2704 4149 Hwy 11, Deep Run Made-to-order pizza for eat-in, delivery or carry-out, plus subs Tue-Sat: L D

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Pizza Villa

Pizza Hut

(252) 527-2260 1400 W. Vernon Avenue Family friendly dining specializing in homemade pizzas, lasagna, and deluxe salad bar. Mon-Sat: L D

www.pizzahut.com (252) 523-1175 1802 W. Vernon Avenue Pan pizzas and many side dishes available. Eat-in, carryout, or delivery options. Mon-Sun: L D

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Pizza Inn

Little J’s Pizza & Subs • 2459 Hwy 258 North; (252) 520-0025 • 402 E. Washington Street, La Grange; (252) 566-5044 Specialty pizzas and subs in a family-friendly environment. Eat-in or carry-out. Mon-Sat: L D

(252) 568-6301 Hwy 11 South, Pink Hill Pizza, subs, pizza buffet and salad bar. Mon-Sun: L D

www.pizzainn.com (252) 523-9700 2918 N. Herritage Street National restaurant chain featuring pizza buffet including salads and “pizzerts.” Mon-Sun: L D

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Steakhouse

El Norteno

The Barn Steakhouse

(252) 523-4709 1701 W. Vernon Avenue Authentic Mexican cuisine. Mon-Sun: L D

$ El Nuevo San Juan (252) 527-2519 2423 N. Herritage Street Traditional Mexican restaurant and cantina. Mon-Sun: L D

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seafood Sandpiper Seafood House and Oyster Bar (252) 566-4067 7877 Hwy 70 West, La Grange Wide variety of seafood served in a casual environment. Wed-Sat: D Sun: L

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(252) 522-2284 3630 W. Vernon Avenue “Quality Dining Experience.” Serving Prime Rib, Sirloin, Rib Eye, Filet Mignon. Mon-Sat: D

$$$ The Baron & The Beef (252) 527-6787 Hwy 70 East Fine dining steakhouse featuring deluxe salad bar. Tue-Sat: D

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SHOPPING GUIDE Community Council for the Arts Gift Shop 400 N. Queen St. (252) 527-2517 Look, linger and shop in the premier showplace for artists working in a variety of media. This tiny shop is crammed floor to ceiling with beautiful examples of jewelry, pottery, paintings, drawings, photography,

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woodcrafts, children’s toys, glass and other highly desirable, and reasonably priced, products from local artists, artisans and writers. You can even select from seasonal decorations.

Downtown Kinston Queen Street Queen Street is a collection of interesting architecture and welcoming merchants. Shops offering furniture, antiques, family clothing, and a host of other items line the wide street. You can even stop for a cup of coffee and enjoy it at a sidewalk table. Don’t forget to explore the shops along the side streets. Plenty of free on-street parking and lot parking available.

Farmers Market 100 N. Herritage St. (252) 527-9565 Delicious berries, juicy tomatoes, melons bursting with flavor, buttery-sweet corn – you’ll find it all and much more at the Farmers Market. You’ll find friendly, knowledgeable growers who will help you

find produce at its peak of flavor and at prices that can't be beat anywhere. From earliest spring until late winter, North Carolina gardens provide Nature’s bounty. Get there early for the best selections!

Frenchman’s Creek U.S. 70 West Discover the charm …. of Frenchman’s Creek. Sporting goods for the gent, gifts for the “moppet”, designer clothing for the lady, an abundance of decorator items, gifts, toiletries, and gourmet treats for all. End your shopping retreat in the “French Country” courtyard and relax as children frolic by the fish pond and feed the koi and ducks. Frenchman’s Creek – a “tres magnifique” shopping experience.

Herritage Landing Herritage Street This recently revitalized shopping district offers eclectic speciality shops, florist, a gourmet kitchen shop, accessories for the home, designer jewelry, antiques and a brewery.

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If you’re hungry, the area boast a number of restaurants, eateries, and cafes that feature everything from fine cuisine to relaxed dining.

Lenox Factory Outlet 1800 Dobbs Farm Road (252) 559-7373 www.lenox.com Don’t miss the chance to visit the outlet store at America’s most famous bone china manufacturer. Known worldwide for its quality dinnerware, ornaments, crystal and flatware, you can buy Lenox products at 20 to 50 percent off. The selection varies day to day, so don’t forget to return before you head back home.

Kinston Plaza Shopping Center Plaza Boulevard Lunch? A quesadella, sub, or old fashioned burger, the choice is yours at Kinston Plaza. Then off to find that “perfect pair” at the TNT Shoe Connection. A variety of shops and businesses are located

within a two-block radius of the plaza.

Kinston Pointe Shopping Center Hwy 70 East Beauty supplies to bicycles, Kinston Pointe is the place for you. It’s always good to check out the location of the nearest Walmart…. chances are they will have exactly what you need. Numerous dining and shopping options are located in this area.

well whether you sear, fry, grill, or broil.

Vernon Park Mall 834 Hardee Road (252) 523-8969 Anchored by two major department stores, Vernon Park Mall offers true family shopping. The sporting goods store will have your favorite team’s jersey and

you’ll find well-crafted gift ideas at another shop. If you’re looking for a book or a magazine to while away your leisure hours, you’ll find a wide selection in the bookstore. Jewelry, shoes, fine watches, swimwear and much, much more are available under one spacious and convenient roof.

Spice Bouquet 1200 US Highway 70 E (252) 527-7000 www.spicebouquet.com Shop a broad line of fine rubs and seasonings to enhance your chicken, pork, fish, and beef dishes. They also work very well on vegetables and for making your own salad dressings and marinades. Each Rub and Seasoning has a different profile of predominant flavors and flavor notes to enhance your foods. Just rub or sprinkle them on your chicken, pork, seafood, or beef. They work

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�ours & �elect �vents Cell Phone Audio Tours

Simply use your personal cell phone to call and listen to a short narration of historical information. By dialing different prompts you can learn about individual sites and attractions throughout the city. Stop by the VisitKinston office for a brochure. (252) 523-2500

Guided Nature Programs

Various interpretive programs are available at Neuseway Nature Center. (252) 939-3367, www.neusewaypark.com

Moore's Family Farm Tours Come on out to Moore’s Family Farm and enjoy a moonlight hay ride, “get lost” in the corn maze under the shadow of darkness, or visit by daylight and experience country life as it was in simpler times. (252) 775-1697 Mother Earth Brewery Tours Tours are available for individuals or groups the 1st and 3rd Saturday each month. Reservations recommended. (252) 208-BIER or (252) 208-2437, www.motherearthbrewing.com Public Art Walking Tour Visitors can enjoy a Public Art Trail by picking up a map which identifies the locations of art. The collection includes large sculptures, benches, murals and other visual art all by NC artists. Maps are available at the Community Council for the Arts. (252) 527-2517, www.kinstoncca.com Self-Guided Audio Battlefield Driving Tour Listen to a CD narrator as you drive the Wyse Fork

Continuing Events Eastern NC Bluegrass Assoc. Jam Sessions Lenoir Community College Gymnasium 2nd Saturday each month (252) 527-6223 ext. 311, (252) 521-2761; Admission: $6; Children 12 & under free www.encbluegrass.freeservers.com

Party with the Harleys

Arts Council, 400 N. Queen St. (252) 527-2517 Exhibition: Free www.kinstoncca.com “Iron Horse” fans don’t want to miss this annual motorcycle party. Old and new bikes, mostly Harley-Davidsons, will be on display.

Sand in the Streets Outdoor Concerts

February

Pearson Park Dates and Hours: JuneSept. most Thursdays (252) 522-4676 www.downtownkinston.com A broad range of bands and warm weather provide the opportunity to enjoy both on the banks of the Neuse River.

Spice Bouquet Cooking Classes

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Drivers come from up and down the eastern seaboard and from as far away as Texas and the Midwest to vie for huge cash prizes.

This family-style entertainment offers plenty of room for jammers. Doors open at 6 p.m., music begins at 7 p.m.

Battlefield and surrounding area. Vivid descriptions of troop placements and movements bring history alive for you while you visit the sites fought over by Union and Confederate forces. Stop by the Visitors Center to rent or purchase a CD. Private tours of the Battle of Wyse Fork and the First Battle of Kinston are available by appointment. (252) 522-0540 Series of cooking classes featuring the preparation of quick & healthy meals using fine Spice Bouquet rubs and seasoning blends. Private classes can be scheduled with a minimum of 20 people. Individuals and smaller groups can call the office for current class availabilities. (252) 527-7000

Admission: Varied

Winterfest

Kinston Drag Strip 2250 N.C. 11/55 South (252) 527-4337; (252) 522-9551

Kinston Winter Bluegrass Festival

231 N.C. 58 South off U.S. 70 West (Lenoir Community College Gymnasium) Admission: Varied (252) 233-6865 www.kinstonwinterbluegrass.com Held indoors, with conference seating, big name performers delight the crowd and jammers always find extra space.

Annual Model Railroad Show

Arts Council, 400 N. Queen St.

Kinston-Lenoir County Tourism Development Authority


1-800-869-0032 www.VisitKinston.com

(252) 527-2517 Admission: Free www.kinstoncca.com The details of the layouts are incredible and show the results of a painstaking dedication to authenticity.

March Run for the River

Downtown Kinston (252) 522-4676 Admission: Entry fee www.downtownkinston.com Small enough to enjoy, big enough to attract the most passionate runner – run the full 8K, or take one of the shorter routes.

May BBQ Festival on the Neuse Downtown Kinston (252) 527-1131 Admission: Free www.kinstonbbq.com

Friday night enjoy burgers and brew as cooks from across the South gather to slow-cook pigs. On Saturday, the festival is fully underway with family activities and BBQ .

Spring Splash Paddle Trip

OCTOber

highlights of the event.

Ghost Walk Lamplight Walking Tours

CSS Neuse Naval Living History Program

Discover the beauty and history of the Neuse River with a guided paddle trip down a portion of the Neuse River.

Downtown Kinston (252) 527-1131 www.visitkinston.com

Neuse River (252) 522-0004 Admission: $25

August Revolutionary War Living History Program Gov. Richard Caswell Museum 2613 W. Vernon Ave. (252) 522-2091 Admission: Free

Re-enactors portray life through living history exhibitions. A Revolutionary War encampment will demonstrate authentic dress of soldiers and civilians.

September Garden Spot Festival Downtown La Grange (252) 566-9691 Admission: Free

Live music, children’s games and activities, dancing and great food.

Kinston-Lenoir County Tourism Development Authority

Under the cover of darkness walk our hauntingly eerie streets as your tour guide reveals strange activity as well as mysterious tales and meet characters from Kinston’s past.

Fall Float Paddle Trip Neuse River (252) 522-0004 Admission: $25

Enjoy a new perspective of the Neuse River's fall beauty with a guided paddle trip.

November

CSS Neuse State Site 2613 W. Vernon Ave. (252) 522-2091 Admission: Free

Re-enactors demonstrate soldiers’ drill techniques, camp life and cooking in the 1800's.

December Holly Day Celebration on the Neuse Downtown Kinston (252) 522-4676 Admission: Free

Holiday entertainment, food, rides and so much more. The evening begins with the lighting of the Community Christmas Tree and downtown trees.

Salute! A Tribute to America’s Veterans

Harmony Hall Annual Christmas Open House

POW/MIA service and a USO-style variety show are

Delightful holiday celebration featuring period decorations, raffle, music and seasonal menu.

Downtown Kinston (252) 560-0589; (252) 522-0517 Admission: Free www.salutevets.org

Harmony Hall, 109 E. King St. (252) 522-0421 Admission: Free

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24 West Water Park.............................F4 1 1st Battle of Kinston 1862 .............F4. Civil War Battlefield Park OAKM ONT D 2 Battle of Wyse Fork 1865 ............. H4 ACCOMMODATIONS R 25 The Bentley Bed & Breakfast..........F1 Civil War Map Marker 26 Comfort Inn of Kinston...................E4 3 Css Neuse Museum.......................F2 27 Country Hearth Inn.........................F4 4 CSS Neuse State Historic Site & ... C2. LINCOLN ST 28 Econo Lodge..................................F4 Governor Caswell Memorial 29 Hampton Inn..................................E4 5 Css Neuse II..................................F2 30 Holiday Inn Express Hotel ............ A2. 6 Caswell Museum........................... D1 and Suites 7 Caswell No. 1 Fire Station Museum...F2 31 Kinston Motor Lodge......................F2 8 Community Council for the Arts.....F2 32 Neuseway Nature Park...................E2 9 Harmony Hall.................................F2 & Campground 10 Heritage Place Genealogical Library...F4 33 Super 8 Motel.................................F4 11 Kinston-Lenoir Co. Visitor's Center...F4 34 WestParke Inn & Suites................. A2 12 Maplewood & Cedar Grove ............F3 Cemeteries SHOPPING

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