CSS NEUSE" Partnership
The Endangered Authentic
The Historical Preservation
Group has been working hard to preserve Lenoir County’s two Civil War
battlefields. However, HPG realizes that once completed, the CSS
Neuse and Civil War Museum will be the cornerstone for Heritage
Tourism in Lenoir County. Marketing all the Civil War sites into one
package will be a big draw for tourism. Thus,
the Historical Preservation Group fully
supports CSS Neuse Gunboat Association and the State of North
Carolina in their efforts to preserve the CSS Neuse and the future
Civil War Museum.
Historical Preservation Group has partnered with the following organization:
State Historic Site
Lenoir County Tourism
Kinston - Lenoir County Tourism Development Authority
advocating for preservation of the CSS Neuse.
Hopefully the state will legislate the funding
for the CSS Neuse in the short session during May and June.
Please contact your state
senator and state representative TODAY and ask for their help in securing
funding for the preservation of the gunboat.
Sen. Charlie Albertson
525 Legislative Office Building
Raleigh, N.C. 27603-5925
Phone - (919)733-5705
E-mail - firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. William Wainwright
Raleigh, N.C. 27603-5925
Phone - (919)-733-5995
Rep. Van Braxton
304-A Legislative Office Building
Raleigh, NC 27603-5925
Help Save the CSS
Neuse Gunboat Association is raising funds for the development of the CSS
Neuse Civil War Museum to be located in downtown Kinston. This
project is essential to ensure the long-term
preservation of the remains of the CSS
Neuse, the only commissioned Confederate ironclad gunboat on display
in the country.
Currently located at the CSS
Neuse State Historic Site, the gunboat remains are housed in a
temporary shelter that is not climate controlled and the gunboat is rapidly
deteriorating. One of North Carolina’s largest artifacts is endangered and
must be saved. The proposed museum will
house the gunboat in a climate-controlled facility and guarantee its
To date, the association has purchased property in downtown Kinston that
includes an existing 12,000-square-foot office building, an adjoining vacant
lot, and a 33-space parking lot. Acquisition of two adjacent parcels is
currently being pursued to allow even more space for the gunboat to be
The property is approximately two
blocks from where the CSS Neuse was originally outfitted and docked.
Plans call for the vacant lot and other adjacent property to be converted
into the facility to house the remains of the gunboat, and for the office
building to be renovated into a museum that will focus on the Civil War in
eastern North Carolina. This project will also serve as a focal point in
Kinston's downtown revitalization and heritage tourism efforts.
The association has received a grant from a local foundation to
be used in the design of the gunboat enclosure, but approximately $3 million
must be raised to see the project through
to completion. Any and all donations are appreciated and special naming
opportunities exist for especially large gifts.
For more information contact:
Guy Smith, Site Manager, CSS Neuse
State Historic Site, (252) 522-2091
On the web at