About Lenoir County
Lenoir County, which is located in the eastern part of North Carolina, is bounded on the north by Greene and Pitt counties; on the west by Wayne County; on the south by Duplin and Jones counties; and on the east by Jones and Craven counties. The area of the county is 399 square miles (255,360 acres). The elevation of Lenoir County ranges from 25 feet near its southeastern border to 117 feet at Institute in the northwest corner of the county.
Lenoir County, named in honor of Revolutionary War hero William Lenoir, was formed in 1791 from part of Dobbs County. Originally inhabited by Native Americans of the Tuscarora tribe, the region was settled by English, Scotch, Irish, and Swiss immigrants. Kinston, located on the Neuse River, is the county seat and the largest city.