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Kinstoncity and county seat, E Lenoir County on Neuse River. Site granted to Robert Atkins in 1729 and came to be known as Atkins Bank. A chapel erected there about 1748, and a tobacco warehouse built about 1757. Est. 1762 as Kingston in honor of King George III. Renamed Kinston, 1784, after the American Revolution. Name changed to Caswell in honor of Governor Richard Caswell in 1833, but changed back to Kinston the following year. Lenoir County Community College, est. 1966, is there. Alt. 44.
Kinston TownshipE central Lenoir County.
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