Founded in 1791 from what was known as the southern portion of Dobbs County, Lenoir County covers an area of 402 square miles and only 2 square miles is covered by water. The county seat of Lenoir County is Kinston.
Lenoir County received its name from an officer in the American Revolutionary War who took part in the Battle of Kings Mountain, William Lenoir. William later became a prominent political leader serving as Speaker of the North Carolina Senate.
Lenoir County is one of the most centrally located counties in North Carolina. Seated only 75 miles east of the capital, Raleigh and only about 75 miles West of Morehead City. The county is rich with revenue with a blend of agriculture and manufacturing. If you are a resident or a visitor to Lenoir County, you are sure to find all the resources you might need.
Lenoir County is proud to let you know that the city of Kinston has been selected to receive the All-America City award on September 20, 2009. A big celebration is planned and it is truly an honor to have been selected for such a coveted award.