CSS Neuse Civil War Interpretive Center, Kinston

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The CSS Neuse Civil War Interpretive Center showcases the State’s largest historic artifact. The remains of the CSS Neuse and the associated artifacts were relocated to a fully enclosed and climate controlled facility at 100 N. Queen Street on June 23, 2012. The building opened for behind the scenes tours on July 18, 2013. Currently the remains of the CSS Neuse are on display with a ghosting above it, a temporary exhibit with a few artifacts, and an orientation video. Visitors can view construction of permanent exhibits over the next year from the mezzanine. The new museum will provide the site with additional exhibit space. This will be utilized to expand the scope of exhibits to include a more regional approach. Exhibits will focus on the two battles that took place in Kinston as well as aspects of the Civil War in other areas of eastern North Carolina including Goldsboro, Seven Springs, and New Bern. Additional space will be available for interactive exhibits, an audiovisual orientation room, an educational classroom, restrooms, administrative office space, and a gift shop.

The CSS Neuse was a Confederate Ironclad that was used in the Kinston, NC area during the Civil War. The ship was built at White Hall (now Seen Springs, NC) in 1862 and was completed in Kinston in 1864. The Gunboat was involved in the Battle of Wyse’s Forks (just outside of Kinston headed toward New Bern) before being scuttled by her own crew on March 11, 1865. The ship was recovered from the Neuse River by a few local men with help from the community between 1961-63. The State of North Carolina acquired control of the CSS Neuse in 1964 and the site officially opened in 1966 at 2612 W. Vernon Avenue.
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TripAdvisor
  • Didn't know much about the CSS Neuse previously. Well-done museum and a friendly staff. Recommended for anyone with an interest in the Civil War.  more »
  • Living history is a good way to experience "hands on" history. Special programs are available each month.  more »
  • The CSS Neuse (original hull) is one of only a few Civil War ships still around to see. She was built late in the war, with men and material scares, while she did not accomplish heroic deeds, but her ...  more »
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  • Not the largest museum, but very immersive.