About Johnston County: Johnston County, NC was formed in 1746 from Craven County. It was named for Gabriel Johnston, Governor of North Carolina from 1734 to 1752. Wake County is to the north west, connected by I-40, making most of Johnston County well within commuting distance of the NC capitol city of Raleigh and the Research Triangle Park. Places within Johnston County NC: Towns and communities within Johnston County include Archer Lodge, Benson, Clayton Four Oaks, Kenly, Micro, Pine Level, Princeton, Selma, Smithfield, Wilson’s Mills.
The Bentonville Battlefield State Historic Site is located in eastern Johnston County, and it is the largest Civil War Battlefield in North Carolina. The Battle of Bentonville was fought March 19–21, 1865, and was the only Confederate offensive targeted to stop General Sherman’s march through the south.
The Tobacco Farm Life Museum in Kenly has been collecting artifacts and showcasing the heritage of the Eastern North Carolina farmer for over 25 years. The site includes a museum and restored farmstead, working blacksmith shop, one-room school house and the site hosts several events each year.
The Ava Gardner Museum located in Smithfield is home to an incredible collection of artifacts such as scripts, movie posters, costumes and personal belongings of screen legend, Ava Gardner, who was born and raised in Johnston County.
The Johnston County Heritage Center is in Downtown Smithfield, and houses artifacts from all over the county. The Heritage Center has become known as one of the best equipped facilities in the country for studying local history and genealogy. Benson hosts the annual Mule Days, a fun family event with parades and artisans from turn-of-the-century farm life. Because of these rich historical elements, close proximity to Raleigh, the RTP, and RDU Airport, and its highway system, Johnston Count NC land for sale could very well be a superb real estate investment.
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