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Duplin County

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LAND AREA: 817.73 square miles
POPULATION:
58,505
White: 33,449
Black/African American: 14,773
American Indian: 267
Asian: 155
Pacific Islander: 65
Other: 8,856
Two or more races: 940
Hispanic/Latino: 12,059 (of any race)

From the 2010 Census, US Census Bureau.

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Coastal Plain

Geographic Information

REGION: Coastal Plain
RIVER BASIN: Cape Fear
NEIGHBORING COUNTIES: Jones, Lenoir, Onslow, Pender, Sampson, Wayne

Duplin County, NC

by Jay Mazzocchi, 2006

Duplin County, located in the Coastal Plain region of North Carolina, was formed in 1750 from New Hanover County and named for Thomas Hay, Lord Duplin, a member of the English Board of Trade and Plantations. Early inhabitants of the area included the Tuscarora and Siouan Indians, followed by English, Swiss, Scotch-Irish, and German settlers. Kenansville, the county seat, was incorporated in 1852 and named for James Kenan, one of the town's founders. Other communities in the county include Beulaville, Calypso, Magnolia, Rose Hill, Wallace, and Warsaw. Notable physical features of the county include the Northeast Cape Fear River, Muddy Creek, Bear Swamp, Maxwell Mill Pond, and Picadilly Bay.

Duplin County boasts several historic attractions, among them the Kenansville Historic District, with notable examples of Greek Revival architecture, and the Dickson Farm, dating from the early nineteenth century. Kenansville is the site of Liberty Hall Plantation, ancestral home of the Kenan family. County cultural institutions include the Cowan Museum (a collection of unusual American artifacts), the William Rand Kenan Memorial Amphitheatre, and the Tar Heel Fine Arts Society. The Duplin Winery is the oldest winery in North Carolina, established in the 1960s. The county also hosts many annual festivals and events, such as the Warsaw Veterans Day Celebration (the nation's oldest continuously celebrated Veterans Day event), the North Carolina Pickle Festival, the North Carolina Poultry Jubilee, and Beach Music at the Winery.

Agriculture is a key part of the Duplin County economy, and goods produced include tobacco, cotton, cucumbers, strawberries, corn, soybeans, wheat, barley, sweet potatoes, Christmas trees, turkeys and other poultry, hogs, and beef and dairy cattle. Manufactured products include textiles, pickles, apparel, and frozen foods. Duplin County's population was estimated to be 51,500 in 2004.

References:

Leon H. Sikes, Duplin County Places, Past and Present: A Guide to Duplin County, North Carolina (1984).

Additional resources:

Duplin County Government: http://www.duplincountync.com/

Duplin County Economic Development Commission: http://www.duplinedc.com/

DigitalNC, Duplin County: http://digitalnc.org/counties/duplin-county

Image credits:

User submitted images, Flickr. (How you may contribute).

Rudersdorf, Amy. 2010. "NC County Maps." Government & Heritage Library, State Library of North Carolina.

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Comments

I am looking for a book called "Duplin County Places: Past and Present by Leon Sikes. I would like to purchase the book for my mom for Christmas.

Thank you,
Jan Ellington

Thanks for your comment!

It appears the Duplin County Historical Society carries a CD version of the book, but not a print version: http://www.duplinhistory.org/dchs_nav.php?nav=pubs

You can search any number of bookseller websites for that title, such as:  Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble (bn.com), Powell's Books (powells.com), BooksaMillion.com, Alibris.com, AbeBooks.com, and Biblio.com.

T. Mike Childs, NCpedia, N.C. Government & Heritage Library.

 

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