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Css Neuse Civil War Interpretive Center
Ranked #2 of 19 things to do in Kinston
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Reviewed July 20, 2014

It's worth going to this little museum if you are in Kinston visiting the Mother Earth Brewery and and eating at the Chef and the Farmer. It's the remains of a Civil War ironclad ship that patrolled the Neuse River. Just part of the hull remains but they have a short video and photos to tell the history. There is a full sized replica across the street from the Chef and Farmer. The staff is friendly and eager to talk about the ship.

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Reviewed July 4, 2014

If you are interested in North Carolina, Civil War, or maritime/naval history, this should be part of your itinerary for a visit to eastern NC. It is simply amazing to be able to see one of the few Confederate naval vessels in "the flesh." Seeing the hull with the lines laid out for where the casemate would have sat really gives the visitor an appreciation for the innovation employed on the part of the Confederates in their struggle against the technologically superior Federal forces. As this is one of only a handful of places to see such an exhibit, it should not be missed!

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Reviewed January 23, 2014

In the summer of 2012, the remains of the CSS Neuse, the only commissioned Confederate ironclad remaining above the water, was moved from it's former home on Vernon Ave. to a new, indoor home, on the corner of Queen St. and Caswell St. in downtown Kinston, NC. I had the opportunity to visit in the summer of 2013 for the soft opending. In it's new climate controlled environment, the Neuse seems to be larger and more impressive then it was when it sat outdoors under a shed. The ghosting structure that is now suspended above the ship really gives an excellent view as to what she would have looked like had she not been destroyed by her crew to prevent the ship from being captured by Federal troops as they marched through North Carolina in March of 1865, only a month before Lee surrendered to Grant in Virginia. The site is open and free to the public right now as they are still building exhibits in and around the ship.

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