Attractions in Kinston, NC
Amongst the other various things to do, Kinston features several key attractions for both residents and visitors to keep themselves entertained. These, combined with the local and regional events, restaurants and shopping make Kinston and the surrounding region an inviting place to live.
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 that includes restaurants, music venues, art galleries and public art installations, as well as a housing development designated for artists and artisans.
The structure that now houses the Caswell No. 1 Fire Station Museum was constructed in 1895 after a widespread conflagration destroyed nearly all the structures in downtown Kinston. This building is the oldest brick structure in Kinston and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The oldest remaining municipal building in Lenoir County, it has served Kinston for more than a century.
Lenoir County offers a front row pass to several interesting cultural attractions, including museums, plays, galleries and historic sites. Lenoir Community College
If the streets and walls of Kinston could talk, music would be their language. “We have a rich, lengthy history in jazz, blues and gospel,” says Sandy Landis, executive director of Kinston’s Community Council for the Arts. Founded in 1965, the CCA offers exhibits, classes and a host of other activities that make the arts accessible and enjoyable for people of all ages. In 2007, the organization began researching the community’s musical traditions.
Go for the show, stay for the architecture. The Grainger-Hill Performing Arts Center is housed in one of the last remaining examples of Greek Classical Revival architecture in North Carolina, and is listed in the National Historic Register. The building, which is used as a theater, was constructed in 1925 as a three-story home for 900 students.