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KINSTON, N.C (WNCT) – Kinston is not only home to the Down East Wood Ducks. There’s also a lot of history in the city, too.

One of the more popular historical sites is the CSS Neuse. It was a part of the Confederate’s ill-fated attempt to regain control of the lower Neuse River and retake the city of New Bern during the Civil War.

Living Local: Kinston and its history, culture

People can see the actual CSS Neuse that was burned by the Confederacy so the Union would not capture it. Also, there are fun things for the children to do as well. They will be able to participate in scavenger hunts around the museum to learn how Eastern North Carolina was involved in the Civil War.

Throughout the museum, people can see exhibits that tell the stories of the people of Kinston in the Civil War.

Click here to learn more about the CSS Neuse. More on this is in the above video.