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Kinston in Lenoir County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Harmony Hall

 
 
Harmony Hall Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, April 19, 2013
1. Harmony Hall Marker
Inscription.
Office of Secretary of
State during Revolution.
Later owned by Richard
Caswell & sons. Altered
in nineteenth century.

 
Erected 1972 by Office of Archives and History. (Marker Number F-49.)
 
Location. 35° 15.525′ N, 77° 34.813′ W. Marker is in Kinston, North Carolina, in Lenoir County. Marker is on East King Street, State Route 55 (State Highway 11) near South McLewean Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Kinston NC 28501, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Caswell (within shouting distance of this marker); CSS Neuse (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lenoir County WW I and WW II Memorial (about 300 feet away); The Town Of Kingston (about 300 feet away); Kinston Hangings (about 400 feet away); CSS Neuse Confederate Ironclad Gunboat (approx. 0.2 miles away); Cat Hole (approx. 0.2 miles away); John Taylor Wood, CSN (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kinston.
 
Regarding Harmony Hall.    The town of Kinston, in the colony of North Carolina, was established in 1762 after William Heritage
Harmony Hall and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, April 19, 2013
2. Harmony Hall and Marker
donated land for the town. Heritage, a prominent New Bern attorney, became an integral part of the town’s development and served as a trustee during its early stages of growth. After the town was created, a map was drawn to lay out lots and a group of commissioners were selected to supervise development. Under their direction, the town grew at a moderate pace and soon many new houses had been built.

   One of the first houses constructed in the new town is now known as "Harmony Hall." The first section of the frame home was constructed during the last quarter of the eighteenth century and has seen several additions and changes as subsequent owners lived in the structure. The name "Harmony Hall" was added to the house in the twentieth century and was, until that time, known as the Peebles House. The Peebles family lived in the house longer than any other. Richard Caswell, the first governor of the state of North Carolina, owned the house although there is some question as to whether he lived in the house or used it for business or state purposes.

   The home was acquired by the Lenoir County Historical Association and restored to reflect occupation of the house over its long history. Harmony Hall opened as a historic house museum and offices for the Historical Association in 1984 and can be toured today. (North Carolina Office of Archives & History —
Department
Harmony Hall Marker looking west along NC 11/55 (East King Street) image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, April 19, 2013
3. Harmony Hall Marker looking west along NC 11/55 (East King Street)
of Cultural Resources)
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
Harmony Hall Marker looking eastward image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, April 19, 2013
4. Harmony Hall Marker looking eastward
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 1, 2013, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 332 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 1, 2013, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.
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