24-40 RV Park offs RV Pull-Through sites with 30-amp and 50-amp power. They are a family-oriented recreation venue, and they desire for all guests to feel relax, refresh, and rejuvenate. Located right off I-40 and NC-24 in southeastern North Carolina. Amenities: RV hookups, (regular and luxury), tent sites, wildlife trails, pond and chapel for weddings. Pets on leashes allowed. Open year round.
Join us for one day of awesome bluegrass music outdoors in Kenansville, NC at the Duplin County Events Center on Saturday, March 24th from 11AM to 7PM.
The Blue, Brew, & Que Festival will feature some of the best Bluegrass Music, NC Craft Breweries, and Bar-B-Que around. Be sure to bring your lawn chairs and have your ID to receive your commemorative glass.
Enjoy the sounds of Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Band, The Malpass Brothers, VW Boys, Lonesome River Band and Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver. We’ve got some great North Carolina breweries and our Duplin County wineries participating that you won’t want to miss!
Get an early bird discount! Purchase your tickets in advance. We love our military members – check out the special ticket price!
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).
Duplin County’s Cabin Lake is located approximately five miles north of Beulaville on Highway 111. The park is open for camping, hiking, fishing, boating, picnicking and swimming. Paddle boats and canoes available for rent. The swimming area is only open from Memorial Day thru Labor Day. Admission to the park is $3.00 per person Duplin County Residents and $4.00 per person Non-Duplin County Residents while children ages five and under free.
A sanctuary that rescues, rehabilitates, and cares for parrots, and is committed to providing a permanent refuge and a lifelong, healthy habitat for these parrots.
November is a special time in Duplin County as we celebrate all veterans and active duty military in our annual Veteran’s Day Parade. The parade takes place in the Town of Warsaw on November 3, 2018, from 10 am to 4 pm. The entire county will be swelling with pride!
The 2018 parade theme is “Marching Towards 100”, honoring all those who served this great country and all of us who are marching towards the 100th parade in November 2020.
Started 1921, Duplin County is home to “The Oldest Consecutive Veterans Day Celebration in America.” To add to this remarkable distinction, Warsaw subsequently became designated as a Veterans Day Regional Site in 2012 by the Veterans Day National Committee. On June 24, 2016, the North Carolina General Assembly adopted the Veterans Day Parade held in the Town of Warsaw in Duplin County as the official State Veterans Day Parade. The bill to adopt the parade was ratified on June 15, 2016, and signed into law by the governor on June 24, 2016.
Duplin County is surrounded by several major military bases located all throughout Eastern North Carolina. We invite you to Duplin County for a truly amazing day of patriotism, family fun, and entertainment! It’s a day to honor our service men and women from all five branches of the military for protecting our freedom and this fine country we call home, while we remember those who gave it all.
Start your day with a pancake breakfast at the Warsaw Baptist Church followed by the amazing NC BBQ lunch at the Warsaw VFD Downtown Fire Station. We have some great restaurants in Duplin County – and if you haven’t been to The Country Squire for dinner, you need to check it out. It is truly an experience!
2018 Veterans Day Regional Site – Schedule of Events
7:30 – 9:30 am: Masonic Pancake Breakfast at Warsaw Baptist Church
9 am – 4 pm: Food & Craft vendors, and more
10 am: VFW Memorial Services at Veteran’s Park
11 am: Fly Over / Special Forces Parachute Jump and the Parade begins
12 pm: BBQ lunch at Warsaw VFD Downtown Fire Station
1 – 4 pm: Visit the Duplin County Veterans Museum on East Hill Street, the Truck Show, fun and entertainment for all
We look forward to seeing you in Duplin County! For more information visit our website or contact the Duplin County Tourism office at 910.296.2181. Be sure to check out our Escape Packages and premier Festivals and Events!
230 Quiet Water Dr., Chinquapin, NC 28521
The boat ramp is at the end of Quiet Water Lane that turns off of Durwood Evans Road which intersects with NC 41&50 at Chinquapin.
318 South Norwood St., Wallace
The Cowan Museum of History and Science was founded in 1981 by George and Ila Cowan as a memorial to their daughter, Joann Cowan Brown. It is housed within the Kelly-Farrior House (ca. 1848) and has an adjacent historical park with 6 buildings, which include a log cabin, general store, and one-room schoolhouse. Of the 4,300 objects in the collections, about 2,000 were donated to Duplin County by the Cowan family, with most focusing on 19th and 20th century tools and technology that document a history of innovation, resourcefulness, and creativity. Objects on display include a diversity of woodworking tools, agricultural implements, items used in a variety of crafts and trades, medical devices, many household artifacts, and an impressive collection of geological specimens. In addition, unique items may be encountered onsite, such as a tornado simulator, an alternative fuel fan, and a hog oiler.
The new course is among the best in the Southeast. Playing 6,400 yards par 72 from the championship tees, the course with its beautifully tree-lined fairways and newly sprigged “Champion” Bermuda greens offer a challenge for all skill levels. The recent renovation not only restored natural and strategic characteristics of the original design but completely transformed bunkers, tees and putting greens and installed new cart paths, creating a remarkable new course design at Duplin Country Club.
General Manager/Head Golf Professional: Tom Parsons, PGA
Par : 72 / Yardage: 6270 / Green Surface: Champion Bermuda
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.
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.
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.
184 Park Cr., Faison
Memberships available. Walking trail.
Established in 1736, it is the oldest continuous Presbyterian congregation in North Carolina.
Hebron Presbyterian Church, also known as Sutton’s Branch Church, is a historic Presbyterian church and national historic district located near Beautancus, Duplin County, North Carolina. An 1890 sanctuary remains cared for and virtually untouched by modern conveniences for the public to visit. The church is a small one-story, front gable, wood-frame Late Gothic Revival-style church. Also on the property is the contributing church cemetery with burials dating to 1902.
Legend states that Barbara Gastor Beverett discovered the spring in the early 1700s while searching for gold.
170 Wildlife Landing Lane, Kenansville, NC 28349
The 9-hole “Key Vista 1” course at the Key Vista Country Club facility in Pink Hill, North Carolina features 3,167 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 36 . The course rating is 35.5 and it has a slope rating of 116. Key Vista 1 golf course opened in 1968.
General Manager: Kay Miller
Par: 36 / Length: 3,167 yards / Greens surface: Bermuda
Just off of Interstate 40 in Wallace lies Duplin County’s not-so-hidden treasure – Lake Leamon – a place where families can go for a little fun in the sun. You can bring your RV or your trailer or your tent and just have a weekend of fun. There are many shaded RV sites, over 100 tent sites, some with water and electric hookups, a boat ramp, picnic tables, campfires, flush toilets, showers, and even a laundry room, game room, and snack bar.
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.
• Albertson Youth Sport Park
135 Melda Harper Lane, Albertson, NC 28508
• Calypso Park
205 Trade Street, Calypso, NC 28325 / 919.658.9221 (Town Hall)
• Clement Street Park
201 E Clement St, Wallace, NC 28466
910.285.2905 (Wallace Parks & Rec.)
• Faison Park
184 Park Circle, Faison, NC 28341 / 910.267.0115
• Jimmy Jerome Park
175 Lake Tut Lane, Rose Hill, NC 28458 /910.289.3159 (Town Hall)
• Kenan Park
100 Stokes Street, Kenansville, NC 28349 / 910.296.9547 / www.kenansville.org
• Northeast Community Park
4702 North NC 41 Hwy., Wallace, NC 28466
• Teachey Park
130 Boney Street, Teachey, NC 28464 / 910.285.7564 (Town Hall)
Maxwell Mill Park featuring the historic 75-acre Cypress Mill Pond is open year round. Amenities: boat rentals, fishing, pool, Cable TV, Full camping hookups, Laundry, General store and Game room. Reservations suggested.
Closed due to renovations from Hurricane Florence
Go around the housing development and fish from the far side of pond. Fees: from bank, $3; from boat, 2 people, $5 each person. Pay at the gatehouse of the parking lot for House of Raeford poultry plant.
Pond location: Nash Johnson Pond Road off U.S. 117, Rose Hill 28458
The truth is that you can find almost anything that’s really good to eat right in Duplin County. A date night location, or a place for celebrating special occasions? Duplin County has these venues! If you haven’t yet sampled much of this rich variety, I suggest you start exploring and enjoying!
UNC-TV’s “North Carolina Weekend” cameramen have recently joined me in producing reviews of Rose Hill Restaurant, and both The Mad Boar and Sensation Farmhouse Restaurant in Wallace. (These segments will begin airing in late October.)
An increasing number of visitors passing through Duplin County each year can find an agreeable meal no further than a mile or two off the Interstate. And for Duplin’s lifelong residents, they also have plenty of places for a quick, delicious bite as they travel their ordinary paths, carry out their business dealings and grab a convenient meal on workdays.
For example, hungry persons anywhere near Shawn’s Restaurant in Wallace will want to start a great day with one of “Ms. Dorothy’s” legendary breakfasts. Shawn’s serves practically every breakfast meat on the planet, with or without eggs, and not simply varieties of sausage, bacon, and ham, either. I mean smoked sausage, corned beef, steak, salmon, liver pudding and even pork brains. Shawn’s breakfast patrons will all remember both the wonderful hash browns and onions and the oversize pancakes, as I sure did!
Right after Shawn’s breakfast rush dwindles, the awesome country lunch buffet is set out Tuesdays through Fridays until the place closes at 2:00 pm. (Saturday is breakfast only until 11 am.) I’m heading back soon to bury my face in the steak and gravy, barbecued chicken greens and more I’ve heard so much about.
Mik’s, also in Wallace, is an outstanding restaurant packaged as a sports bar. Too many people think mostly of large TV screens, wings and pub munchies. But Mik’s has a menu with depth and imagination, and the prices are really reasonable. The place features hickory smokers, producing pulled pork barbecue, rib, brisket, turkey, chicken breast and smoked salmon entrée plates.
I fondly remember my turkey nacho plate, with diced tomatoes, roasted red peppers, onions, “beer cheese,” bacon bits and perfectly pan-steamed broccoli. The turkey is listed “when available.” It’s hickory-smoked, sliced fairly thin and then chopped up more finely in the nachos. ‘Never had anything like it in my travels, honestly… fantastic.
Platters, sandwiches, and appetizers featuring fish and shellfish are terrific. How often do you find hickory-smoked salmon in a nice, hefty portion as a plate, with sides? Not frequently in my experience. I’m glad I was there on the right day, and Mik’s world-class broccoli and mac ‘n cheese made the day even better.
Mik’s offers an expansive bone-in and boneless wing choices with a dozen sauces; a specialty salad that’s a “cucumber wrap,” and a really strong line-up of hefty burgers. The Champ Burger is crowned with mac and cheese and “boom boom” sauce, which also goes great with any food in the place. A barbecue sandwich, smoked salmon tacos and a Cuban sandwich – featuring smoked pork and melted pepper jack cheese – are all hearty and toothsome, as well.
The Filling Station in Kenansville is that most unusual of restaurants…the one that dares close on weekends.
Open Monday – Friday from 6 am to 2 pm, the place is loved for biscuits, “best burgers anywhere around,” chicken salad, authentic eastern fish stew (Fridays only), plate lunches and all sorts of home-style desserts. Customers enjoy The Filling Station during their off-work days only if they stop by during regular business hours to pick up an order of chicken salad for Saturday or Sunday consumption.
For 37 years, the extended family has operated some version of what’s now called Brock’s Service on mostly rural NC 11-903 on the outskirts of Kenansville. Since 1977, it’s been a gas station, convenience store and auto service center.
It was a natural move for David Brock, with a quirky, inexplicable desire to run a restaurant – to also be opening “The Filling Station Cafe” – located right next door to the original location that was built by his father, Buck. The younger Brock helps run the grocery, including pumping gas, even as he’s currently doubling the size of his restaurant.
He decided long ago that we wanted to see his kids grow up and that five very long days was enough of a work week. He has had a life, and his kids have had their Dad. Good for him. I’m spending a lot more time in Duplin County these days for various reasons, and I’m loving getting reacquainted with the culinary scene. What a pleasure!
301 S. Pine St., Pink Hill
Both of their courses were designed by nationally acclaimed architect Clyde Johnston of Hilton Head, South Carolina. Through Johnston’s incredible vision of the remarkable land given to him at River Landing, he carved out a masterpiece in the two 18-hole golf courses. His designs take full advantage of the unique natural beauty of our eastern coastal plain region, including scenic lakes, lush woodlands, and the peaceful Cape Fear River.
Par : 72 / Yardage: 6942 / Green Surface: Champion Bermuda
It’s Springtime and Duplin County is blooming with our Festivals and Events! Here is the season’s line-up:
A Taste of Duplin & More
Friday, April 20th – 5 PM to 8:30 PM
Duplin County Events Center, Kenansville
This event highlights everything that makes Duplin County a great place to live and visit. A Taste of Duplin & More is designed to promote Duplin County businesses and the Events Center as local tourism destinations.
Take time out of your hectic schedule to remember what makes Duplin County a great place to call home. Local restaurants will be offering samples as well as wine tastings courtesy of Duplin Winery and Country Squire. Enjoy making your voice heard by voting in the People’s Choice Award. Additional vendors include Duplin County museums, ready to whisk you back in time to witness the county’s historic legacy, the creators of our local festivals, craftsmen, makers, vendors and much MORE.
Saturday, April 21st – 10 AM to 6 PM
Warsaw’s Memorial Park
Come out and get to know Warsaw! Tap your toes to some great live music and enjoy wine from Duplin Winery and the Country Squire or check out the Coastal Beverage beer truck.
Enjoy the horse-drawn wagon rides, working mule demonstrations, new and vintage farm equipment, pony rides, vehicle displays, NCBBQ plates, a pork cook-off including an award presentation, and more activities for kids. The Warsaw Police Department Community Involvement Trailer will be serving some goodies as long as they last!
Carolina Strawberry Festival
Friday, May 11th – 6 PM to 11 PM and Saturday, May 12th – 11 AM to 10:30 PM
The Carolina Strawberry Festival is an annual event in Downtown Wallace. Both Friday and Saturday nights will include live music and entertainment including The Johnson Boys, Band of Oz, Train Wreck, and the Barefoot Gypsies and others. Enjoy dancing, a beer & wine garden, food and craft vendors, a BBQ cook-off, kids activities, locally grown strawberries and more! Thanks to Thurman Parker Photography for the festival photos and Hope G. Smith for the festival art!
Heritage Day at Liberty Hall
Saturday, May 19th – 11 AM to 4 PM
Liberty Hall in Kenansville
This event takes place on the grounds of Liberty Hall, the restored Greek Revival home of the Kenan Family, one of the most prominent in North Carolina “back then”. It is a great opportunity for people of all ages and history buffs to learn about Duplin County local heritage and the skills that people from the 1800’s had that they called, “daily life.”
Are you visiting our area? Visit our website and check out our Suggested Tours, Wineries, and Things to Do! We look forward to seeing you in Duplin County!
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.)
Pay at box on 175 Ernest Taylor Lane, get ticket and receipt and drop payment in lockbox. $10 all day, sunup to sunset. Bring your own boat. Only electric motors are allowed. No alcoholic beverages allowed. Ages 12 and under are free.
Pond is off U.S. Hwy. 117 South, Faison, Turn on Ernest Taylor Lane.
A family-owned and operated bakery and bulk food products store keeps the dough rising and, even though the facility is small, it accommodates tour bus stops with advanced notice. They stock a variety of candies and sugar-free treats to round out their offerings. Call ahead to find out when the bread comes from the oven on the day you want to visit.
For more than 50 years The Country Squire Restaurant & Vintage Inn has been a landmark dining spot and country inn on N.C. Highway 50 (Bus. NC 24), between Kenansville and Warsaw. In keeping with this tradition of excellence, The Country Squire has opened its own working winery in the 18th Century portion of the restaurant. The Country Squire Winery’s Tartan Tasting Room & Gift Shop is a wonderful addition to The Country Squire, open to visitors from Tuesday to Saturday (and by special appointment. The Country Squire’s Vineyard with a charming gazebo is a lovely spot for weddings or other gatherings, in addition to the other rustic garden areas of The Country Squire’s grounds.
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.
Remodeled in 2006 the depot houses a model train for visitors to see.
The collection’s showpiece is a classic and rare 1926 Dodge/Graham Brothers Fire Truck.
1. IT’S FREE!
Whoever said the best things in life are free might’ve been talking about the Carolina Strawberry Festival taking place on May 11th and 12th in Wallace. This year’s festival promises to be a jam-packed weekend with outstanding music, entertainment, kids activities, and some great tasting food.
The Carolina Strawberry Festival is organized by a proud group of community leaders in the Town of Wallace. The festival kicks off on Friday, May 11th from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. and continues on Saturday, May 12th from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. The festival is a rain or shine event.
If you’ve never visited, Wallace is located just 40 minutes from Wilmington, Jacksonville, Clinton, and Goldsboro, and is as quaint as a postcard with a charming restored historic downtown district.
2. GREAT MUSIC
The excitement begins Friday night with the Strawberry Jam! The Band of Oz, a regional band that’s been dominating the beach music scene for 30 years, will be the big attraction. The Johnson Boys open the show at 6 p.m. followed by The Band of Oz at 7:30 p.m. You’ll want to bring your lawn chair so you’ll be comfortable all evening long. The Festival’s Beer and Wine Garden will be open all evening.
To round out the Festival, the band All My Rowdy Friends, a premier Hank Williams Jr. tribute band, and Chocolate Chip & Company from Myrtle Beach will take over the stage on Saturday night!
3. 5K RUN & 1K FUN RUN
Saturday, May 12, kicks off at 8 a.m. with the Carolina Strawberry Festival 5K Run and a 1K Fun Run/Walk for Stroke Awareness. The race is co-sponsored by Vidant Duplin Hospital. Runners should gather at the Wallace Train Depot, 206 SE Railroad Street for the start of the race. For more information on the races, please call Curt Simpson at 910-290-2194.
4. LITTLE MISS STRAWBERRY PAGEANT
Festival-goers will have a blast with amusement park rides, two cook-offs (one for strawberry recipes and one for BBQ), craft vendors, a Beer & Wine Garden, food tents, a classic car show, and of course the weekend wouldn’t be complete without the Miss Strawberry Pageant where little girls from Duplin County up to 8 years old participate.
5. THE WALLACE DEPOT MODEL TRAIN
The Thomas Edgerton Model Train Room in the Wallace Depot will be open as a special treat for kids of all ages on Saturday. The new interactive exhibit will be up and running for visitors. Bring your crew to the front of the Depot — through the entrance on Boney Street. Local history and train enthusiasts will be on hand to answer questions.
A great selection of food vendors will be there so everyone can taste all the flavors! Enjoy Strawberry Shortcake, Strawberry Ice Cream, Deep Fried Berries, and fresh-picked strawberries for sale from Cottle Farms.
We hope you plan to cut loose and enjoy everything planned at this year’s Carolina Strawberry Festival.
312 Yancey St, Warsaw 910.293.2011
Memberships available. Outdoor play equipment. Walking trails
169 Cypress Hole Rd., Wallace, NC 28466
Located 6 miles east of Wallace off NC 41 on Cypress Hole Road. The wildlife ramp on NC 24 is located approximately half way between Kenansville and Beulaville.
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.