Attracting artists and creative types to Kinston has been on the city’s agenda for some time. What began years ago with a few projects has now blossomed into a full-fledged arts and cultural district downtown.
Tammy Kelly, director of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension's Lenoir County Center, is also the 2011 winner of the Pinnacle of Achievement, an award presented by the Kinston-Lenoir County Chamber of Commerce.
Down-home cooking is what Byrd's restaurant is known for, and people from as far away as Apex, Garner, Goldsboro and Raleigh stop at the landmark Kinston eatery on their way to the Atlantic Ocean beaches.
Kinston, North Carolina's Historic Grainger Stadium is the Carolina League's second oldest ballpark, having opened in 1949 and was named one of Livability.com's Top 10 Minor League Ball Parks Worth Visiting.
Enjoy a theatrical performance at the Grainger-Hill Performing Arts Center in Kinston, NC; this theater is housed in one of the last remaining examples of Greek Classical Revival architecture in the state, and is listed in the National Historic Register.
Kinston, a recipient of the prestigious All America City Award, is located 80 miles east of Raleigh. Spirit AeroSystems' manufacturing jobs as well as Lenoir County's Global TransPark secured the area's place as a major player in the aerospace industry. The Neuse River winds its way through Kinston, providing boaters with a relaxing place to paddle. Down-home restaurants and the Kinston Indians minor league ball club promote a family-friendly atmosphere.