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Great Food, Wine & Ghostly Guests at the Country Squire

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The Country Squire Restaurant, Winery & Vintage Inn, in Warsaw, is ripe with Eastern North Carolina history.  The original part of the building was constructed in the 1700’s and is home to the oldest wine tasting room in the state.  While being known for their great food and award-winning wines, many visitors over the years have claimed of having “ghostly” encounters while dining at the restaurant.  Frequent sightings of shadowy figures, strange noises and other phenomena have become part of its legend.  

The Country Squire’s owner, Iris Lennon,  notes that there is a “wee little girl” that makes her presence known every now and then.  Whether roaming the “Baronial Hall” which is the oldest part of the building or lingering in the “Jesters Court”, the folks at The Country Squire welcome the friendly spirits that make The Country Squire their home.

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The Country Squire Restaurant is the perfect place to bring the family for a tasty meal.  Enjoy a surf and turf dinner or their infamous Korean beef appetizer along with salads and sandwiches for lunch.  Before you leave, be sure to stop in the Tartan Tasting Room and gift shop.  In addition to their wines, check out their specialty food products and amazing gifts.  Our favorites are the chunky monkey butter and the dilly beans in addition to their jams, jellies, and hot sauces.

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For more information about Duplin County, visit our website or call us at (910)296.2181.  Let us create a custom escape package for you!  We look forward to seeing you here!

Mad Boar Block Party

blockparty-poster.pngJoin the Mad Boar on Saturday, August 24th for their 4th annual Mad Boar Block Party to help raise funds to benefit Hope For The Warriors.

Join them and local favorites The Johnson Boys as we celebrate our troops and raise money for a great organization that makes it their mission to help our veterans and their families.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. This year’s event will be inside in the Celtic Court with seating and a buffet dinner (items listed below).

In addition to the music and food, they will have former MLB players Johnny Bench and Doug Flynn on site to sign autographs.  Hope for the Warriors will also be raffling off some gift items, so be sure to bring cash to help further the mission!

Dinner Selection Includes:

Slider Bar, Chicken and Waffles, Tuna Poke on Editable Spoons, Korean BBQ Pork Belly, Fresh Mozzarella Pops, Shrimp Cocktail Shooters, Pulled Pork Puff Pastries, Cuban Finger Sandwiches, Vegetable Spring rolls, Jalapeño Ravioli with Shrimp, Crispy Rib Tips, Crab Drip, Artichoke Dip, Beer Cheese and Pretzels, and much more!

History Buffs & Southern Foodies

Friday Lunch:  The Filling Station

 

Before you begin your history tour, get a little local flavor by fueling up with some lunch at The Filling Station.  You’ll find a friendly atmosphere and join the local “regulars” in Kenansville.  Relax, and enjoy the Duplin Times, our local area newspaper if you’d like.  The Filling Station is a local favorite, and is also known for the “best burgers in town”.

 

Address: 312 N Nc 11 903 Hwy, Kenansville, NC 28349
Phone Number: 910-296-1100
Hours: 6:30 am – 2:30 pm, Monday - Friday (Cash Only)

 

INSIDER TIP: If you’ve got a sweet tooth – this is the place!  This is the place for a slice of the best cake you’ve ever tasted!

 

Friday Afternoon: Liberty Hall Restoration | Cowan Museum of History & Science

After you’ve enjoyed your lunch, take a short drive over to Main St. towards Liberty Hall.  You will immediately be transported to the antebellum south upon seeing the beautiful Greek revival plantation home of the Kenan Family.  Stop in the Visitors Center upon your arrival, and then enjoy the tour of the tour of the home that includes many beautiful antiques!

Directly next to Liberty Hall is the Cowan Museum of History & Science.  It’s fascinating to see the collections of artifacts and farming and woodworking tools used back in the 19th century, and what life was like then.   Duplin County today is still very agricultural, it’s great to see the geological specimens and early science specimens that brought us to today.

Liberty Hall
409 S Main St, Kenansville, NC 28349
910-296-2175
Hours: 10am – 4pm, Tuesday – Saturday
Cowan Museum of History and Science
411 S Main St, Kenansville, NC 28349
910-296-2149
Hours:
10am – 4pm, Tuesday – Saturday

 

Friday Afternoon: Westwater Country Ham – in Warsaw

 

Right along with muscadine wine, hams is right up there as one of Duplin County’s claim to fame.  Three generations and more than forty years of drying and curing hams the old fashioned way has made Westwater Country Ham a local favorite, and widely known all over Eastern North Carolina.

This is a fun place to stop and to appreciate Duplin County’s agricultural heritage.

If you’ve got friends or family that you think might like a ham but weren’t lucky enough to make it with you on your trip to Duplin County, Westwater Country Hams ships via UPS daily.

You might enjoy this feature article about Westwater Country Ham in Our State Magazine about well as this UNC-TV Video.

 

Address: 1277 State Rd 24 Bus, Warsaw, NC 28398
Phone Number: 910-293-7294
Hours: 8:30 – 5:00pm Monday through Friday

 

Friday Dinner: Country Squire Restaurant & Winery – Warsaw

There’s a Scottish saying, “Cead Mile Failte”, which means “A hundred thousand welcomes.  And you will certainly feel the Scottish heritage in Duplin County at the County Squire.  The County Squire has a restaurant as well as winery, and a quaint and charming Inn.  Parts of the building on this formerly busy by way date back to the early 19th century.  They’ve got a great lunch menu.  My favorite is the Korean barbeque beef sandwich paired with a delicious glass of Country Squire’s own the Sweet Scottish Heather Chardonnay.  Be sure to pick up a bottle of wine or two from the gift shop to take home with you or to enjoy in your hotel room

Address: 748 Nc 24 And 50 Hwy, Warsaw, NC 28398
Phone Number: 910-296-1727
Hours: 11:30 am – 2:00 pm Tuesday – Friday (lunch)
11:30 pm – 2:00 pm Sunday (lunch)
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm – Tuesday – Saturday (dinner)
Closed for lunch on Saturday

 

Then stay the night at The Country Squire's Vintage Inn located next to the restaurant.

INSIDER TIPS

Ask us about the Delightfully Vintage Getaway Package, and receive a special discounts and a complimentary bottle of wine.  The Country Squire is a GREAT place to have a Wedding Reception.  They can accommodate up to 300 people, and the outdoor gardens and grounds provide for a beautiful venue.

 

Saturday Morning: Historical Home Tour

Kenansville Historic District entered in the National Register of Historic Places in 1975. Kenansville is a peaceful little town rich in history and proud of its heritage. Many of the lovely old homes still remain and are occupied by descendants of the original inhabitants. Drive through downtown Kenansville and see these historical home.

Historical Kenansville Tour - Description of homes and addresses

Address: Downtown Kenansville, NC

 

Saturday Lunch:

Enjoy a pizza from PJ’s, a local family- owned Pizzeria in Warsaw.  Dine in or carry out if you just want to hang out in your Hotel Room and relax.

Address: 138 Kenansville Hwy, Warsaw, NC 28398
Phone Number: 910-293-3000
Hours: Mon. – Thurs. 11 am – 9pm
Fri. - 11 am – 10 pm, Sat. – 12pm – 9pm

Saturday Afternoon: Duplin County Veteran’s Museum – in Warsaw

As a history buff, you’ll truly appreciate all that The Duplin County Veteran’s Museum .  One of the most spectacular exhibits is a fully intact Continental Army uniform.  There is also an entire wall dedicated to all the Generals that have come from Duplin County.  The museum is the restored L.P. Best House, and is an outstanding example of Queen Anne/Neo-classic style architecture.  Built in 1894, the house is a linchpin for Warsaw’s historic district, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Address: 119 E Hill St, Warsaw, NC 28398
Phone Number: 910-293-2190
Hours: Open Tuesdays and Thursdays 10 am to 2 pm, Saturday 12 pm to 4 pm, or by appointment.

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BEULAVILLE
Tarkil Branch Farm’s Homestead Museum 
1198 Fountaintown Rd., Beulaville NC 28518
910.298.3804
375-acre working farm with museum featuring an 1830s dogtrot style house completely furnished to that period. Nine other vintage farm buildings containing over 850 artifacts from the past and a country store structure (c. 1925.)
www.Tarkilfarmsmuseum.com / Map

FAISON
Faison Museum
106 Park Circle, Faison NC 28341
910.267.2721
Housed inside the Faison library, this unique museum holds the secrets of Faison’s history: its people, churches, businesses, schools, family histories and civic clubs. Open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday: 2pm-6pm Map

KENANSVILLE
Cowan Museum of History and Science
411 Main Street, Kenansville NC 28349
910.296.2149
Founded by George and Ila Cowan in 1981 and dedicated to their daughter, Joann Cowan Brown, the Cowan Museum of History and Science is housed within the Kelly-Farrior House (ca. 1848) and has an adjacent historical park. The collections consist primarily of 19th-20th century (with several 18th century) tools and equipment, including farm and woodworking tools, and household objects. The museum also has a natural science collection with hundreds of geological specimens, and other unique artifacts, such as a tornado demonstrator, an alternative fuel fan, and a hog oiler.
Tuesday-Saturday 10am-4pm
cowanmuseum.org / Map

Liberty Hall Restoration   
409 S. Main Street, Kenansville NC 28349
910.296.2175
Liberty Hall is an architectural gem and a southern Historic land Mark. Visitors will enjoy guided tours of the 19th century house, grounds and out buildings which are now fully restored to past glory. The house hosted the “Wedding of the Century” between Henry M. Flagler and Mary Lilly Kenan in 1901. Open Tuesday-Saturday 10am-4pm
www.libertyhallnc.org / Map

WALLACE
The Wallace Depot
206 Southwest Railroad Street, Wallace NC 28466
910.285.4044
Remodeled in 2006 the depot houses a model train for visitors to see. By appointment only. Map

Thomas C. Townsend Firemen’s Museum
316 East Murray St., Wallace NC 28466
The collection’s showpiece is a classic and rare 1926 Dodge/Graham Brothers Fire Truck. Map

WARSAW
The Historic L.P. Best House / Duplin County Veterans Museum   
119 E. Hill Street, Warsaw NC 28398
910.293.2190
Restored 1894 Queen Anne style house is dedicated to recognizing Duplin County servicemen and women through the display of military artifacts and memorabilia from years past.
www.duplincountyveteransmuseum.com / Map

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National Register Historic Districts Wallace, Warsaw, Kenansville, and Faison

Downtown districts of Wallace, Warsaw, Kenansville, Faison and some surrounding residential areas are designated historic districts. Contact Duplin Tourism or the town of interest.

BEULAVILLE

The Country Barn 
889 Fountaintown Road, Beulaville
910.298.2183
At this unusual store, virtually everything is sold in bulk sizes. There is a wide array of flours, grains, bakery mixes, and a complete line of baking items like flavorings, candy chips, dried fruit, yeast, chocolate and more. In addition, the aroma of fresh-baked bread and muffins will absolutely drive you in search of peanut butter and jelly. Whats more, there is a large variety of sugar-free items. Also, enjoy their hand-rolled butter.   Map

Tarkil Branch Farms Homestead Museum
1198 Fountaintown Rd., Beulaville
910.298.3804
This restored 1830s homestead is a fine example of early farm life typical of most families in rural NC in the 19th century.
www.Tarkilfarmsmuseum.com / Map

FAISON

Faison Museum  
106 Park Circle, Faison 28341
910.267.2721
Housed inside the library, this unique museum holds the secrets of Faison’s history: its people, churches, businesses, schools, family histories and civic clubs.
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday: 2pm-6pm / Map

Buckner Hill Plantation
522 Taylor Town Road, Faison 28341
910.293.3001
One of the largest antebellum plantation houses in North Carolina. The mostly undisturbed Greek Revival plantation architecture, has Italianate features and an unusual cruciform floor plan with wide halls on both floors. In June, 2001, filming of a major motion picture concluded at the house for the Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood (released in 2002). Appointments are required.
 www.CarolinaPlantation.com / Map

KENANSVILLE

Cowan Museum of History and Science
411 Main Street, Kenansville 28349
910.296.2149
The Cowan Museum is located in the fully restored Kelly-Farrior House (circa 1848). You’ll find over 2,000 artifacts that reflect the heritage of rural North Carolina. The collections consist primarily of 19th-20th century (with several 18th century) tools and equipment, including farm and woodworking tools, and household objects. The museum also has a natural science collection with hundreds of geological specimens, and other unique artifacts, such as a tornado demonstrator, an alternative fuel fan, and a hog oiler.
Tuesday – Saturday 10 am – 4pm
cowanmuseum.org / Map

Grove Presbyterian Church
611 Main Street, Kenansville 28349
Established in 1736, it is the oldest continuous Presbyterian congregation in North Carolina.  Map

Historic Kenansville Spring  
Duplin Street, Kenansville 28349
Legend states that Barbara Gastor Beverett discovered the spring in the early 1700s while searching for gold. Map

Duplin County Events Center
195 Fairgrounds Dr. (off N.C. 11 S.), Kenansville 28349
910.275.0008
4000 seat event and entertainment center. The Duplin County Events Center is a multi-use entertainment venue that can seat up to 4000 people.  The center hosts a wide variety of events ranging from sold-out concerts in the arena to conventions, trade shows, and exhibitions.
 www.duplinevents.com / Map

Liberty Hall Restoration 
409 S. Main Street, Kenansville 28349
910.296.2175
Fully restored 19th century house and 12 outbuildings of the Kenan family’s ancestral home. The house, grounds, much of the furniture, and personal belongings has been preserved to give visitors a realistic view of what living in the early 1800’s and 1900’s was like.
Tuesday-Saturday: 10am-4pm
 www.libertyhallnc.org / Map

PINK HILL

Hebron Presbyterian Church
Burncoat Road (SR 1551) off Hwy. 11, Pink Hill 28572
An 1890 sanctuary remains cared for and virtually untouched by modern conveniences for the public to visit.

ROSE HILL

Duplin Winery  
505 N. Sycamore Street, Rose Hill 28458
800.774.9634
As the oldest and largest winery in the south, Duplin Winery has been producing award winning wines for over three generations.  Free daily tours and tastings, gift shop, gourmet foods, and perfect pairings and fun at the Bistro Restaurant.  Dinner Theater and on site family events provide outstanding and fun entertainment throughout the year.  Reservations recommended for Bistro dining; tickets required for most events.  Wine programs, receptions, weddings, and private parties welcome.
 www.duplinwinery.com / Map

World’s Largest Frying Pan at the Town Square 
510 E. Main Street, Rose Hill 28458
910.289.3159
Weighing 2 tons with a 15’ diameter and holding 200 gallons of cooking oil, the frying pan has the capacity to cook 365 chickens simultaneously. Map

WALLACE

The Wallace Depot
206 Southwest Railroad Street, Wallace 28466
910.285.4044
Remodeled in 2006 the depot houses a model train for visitors to see. By appointment only. Map

 The Stockyard Flea Market 
1562 North U.S. 117 Highway, Wallace 28466
910.285.2161
Open-air flea market: Thursdays and Saturdays starting at 6:00 am. Map

Thomas C. Townsend Firemen’s Museum
316 East Murray St., Wallace 28466
The collection’s showpiece is a classic and rare 1926 Dodge/Graham Brothers Fire Truck. Map

WARSAW

The Historic L.P. Best House / Duplin County Veterans Museum  
119 E. Hill Street, Warsaw 28398
910.293.2190
Restored 1894 Queen Anne style house is dedicated to recognizing Duplin County servicemen and women through the display of military artifacts and memorabilia from years past.
www.duplincountyveteransmuseum.com / Map