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East of the Coast Line REMEMBERED

 The area referred to as East of the Coastline was a white community in east Kinston inhabited  mostly by blue collar families.  The children of the twenties, thirties, forties and fifties played and went to school together.  Almost everyone knew each other.  As the town grew so did the economy and many families began to move to more prosperous locations away from East Kinston.  Today hardly any of the older white families still live east of the coastline.  The Coastline refers to the Atlantic and Coastline Railroad that ran through town. Historical Preservation Group Board Member, Tony Kelly is actively involved in recording and  preserving the history of East Kinston, East of the Coast Line. He is one of the founders of the East Kinston Reunion that is held every year in June.

 Mr. Kelly's book about East Kinston, "East Of The Coast Line, Remembered" can be found at Heritage Place Library at Lenoir Community College and Neuse Regional Library in Kinston.  

HPG is forming a committee, with Tony's guidance, to call attention to our disappearing family communities.  East of the Coast Line, Remembered will the first of many to come.   Join us in our  efforts to preserve the memory of this once thriving family community.   

Visit our site often, we post  updates weekly.  Get involved and together we can preserve our past for our future  generations.

We need you help, click the Reunion link button and see if you recognize any of the guest at the 2004 reunion. 




Two of the main location East of the Coastline Parrott Hospital located at the end of East Gordon Street and the bus and train station on East Caswell Street

 Parrott was built in 1906.  The facility originally held 20 beds but was expanded to hold 50 by 1926.  When the new Lenoir Memorial Hospital opened in 1973 the services for Parrott Hospital diminished and it soon closed. The Bus and Train Depot located on East Caswell Street.

The Bus and Train Depot located on East Caswell Street.