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: 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 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 Thursday and Friday afternoons, or by appointment.



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 Monday – Friday (lunch)
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm Sunday (lunch)
5:30 pm – 10:00 pm – Monday – Saturday (dinner)
Closed for lunch on Saturday




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.


The Quality Inn has a pool outside, so if you are visiting during the warmer weather, it might be nice to take a dip!



Saturday Mid-Morning: Liberty Hall Restoration | Cowan Museum of History & Science


After you’ve enjoyed your breakfast and coffee, 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
Hours: 10am – 4pm, Tuesday – Saturday
Cowan Museum
411 S Main St, Kenansville, NC 28349
10am – 4pm, Tuesday – Saturday


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: Shopping in Downtown Warsaw


The Florist of Warsaw is filled with unique finds and treasures.  They have just expanded to a 13,000 square foot show room and have a wide assortment of antiques and collectibles.


Address: 120 N Front St, Warsaw, NC 28398
Phone Number: 910-293-7131
Hours: Mon. – Fri. 9am – 5pm, Sat. 9 am – 12pm