The North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office examined the Neuse River near Kinston and identified Civil War period obstructions and a riverboat landing, 1982-1985. In addition, the Historic Preservation Office statewide inventory contains information on 250 prehistoric and historic archaeological sites in Lenoir County.
A countywide architectural survey has been completed, and survey work within Kinston has been undertaken in stages over a period of years. Surveys are cooperative local-state projects accomplished with grants and staff assistance from the Historic Preservation Office.
State grants of $337,500 have assisted such projects as the restorations of Harmony Hall, the Archbell House, Adkins High School, and the former Kinston post office and fire station. Federal grants of $40,613 have assisted architectural surveys in Kinston and Lenoir County, a historic district National Register nomination in LaGrange, and preparation of a county survey manuscript for publication. In 1998, the Historic Preservation Office awarded a federal grant for preparation of the LaGrange Historic District National Register nomination.
NATIONAL REGISTER OF HISTORIC PLACES
Four National Register historic districts are in Kinston, and seventeen individual listings are located across the county.
LOCAL PRESERVATION COMMISSIONS
Kinston is a Certified Local Government and has established a historic district commission. The Mitchelltown Historic District has been locally designated.
PRESERVATION TAX CREDITS
Four income-producing tax credit projects have been completed in Lenoir County at a total construction investment of $752,700 including the Hotel Kinston; two additional projects are currently undergoing renovation, including the former Grainger High School in Kinston. The Historic Preservation Office reviews and provides restoration technical services for all preservation tax credit projects.
PUBLIC EDUCATION AND PUBLICATIONS
With grant and staff assistance from the Historic Preservation Office, the results of the Kinston and Lenoir County surveys were published in 1998 as Coastal Plain and Fancy: The Historic Architecture of Lenoir County and Kinston, North Carolina, by M. Ruth Little.
The Historic Preservation Office has provided technical assistance in the renovation and restoration of numerous properties including Harmony Hall, Grainger High School, the Pratt Building, the Archbell House, the former First Citizens Bank Building, Adkin High School Gymnasium, and the Sumrell and McKoy Building.