Introduction to Kinston, North Carolina
Kinston, North Carolina, in Lenoir county, is 26 miles SW of Greenville, North Carolina (center to center) and 69 miles SE of Raleigh, North Carolina. There are an estimated 23,688 people in the city.
Before the present day Kinston was established, the area was called Atkins Bank in reference to a bluff immediately above the Neuse River that was once owned by Robert Atkins. The area was inhabited by Neusiok Indians before the English settlers came. Kinston was formally established by the North Carolina General Assembly in December, 1762. It was named Kingston to honor King George III. However, after the American Revolution, it was renamed Kinston in 1784 to reflect the population's distaste for royalty.
Kinston and nearby Attractions
- Neuseway Nature Park
- Bill Fay Memorial Park
- Caswell Center Museum
- Fire Station Museum
- Kinston Country Club
Things To Do In Kinston
The Kinston and Lenoir County Parks & Recreation Department manages approximately 11 parks that regularly organize programs for adults and children. The programs include golf and tennis classes, basketball, football, baseball, soccer, drama, arts and crafts, swimming, and summer day camp programs. Emma Webb Park and Holloway Recreation Center have two public outdoor pools. Some of the exciting, annual, local festivals include the Festival on the Neuse, Lenoir County Fair, and Winter Bluegrass Festival.
Raleigh-Durham International Airport provides air transportation.
Kinston Higher Education
Higher education can be availed locally at Lenoir Community College. Other colleges in the neighborhood include Pitt Community College and East Carolina University.