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Embracing our History and Heritage!

Harper HouseThe American Civil War history in Johnston County is centered around Bentonville Battlefield State Historic Site near Four Oaks. Bentonville was the largest battle fought in North Carolina and the last major Confederate offensive of the war.  In addition to this site, visitors interested in Civil War heritage should consider taking a drive along the Carolina Campaign Driving Tour which includes stops at the Historic Hastings House and Johnston County Courthouse in Smithfield featuring several military statues and monuments. From Smithfield the drive heads to Selma's Historic Train Station and downtown Clayton, where markers note negotiations saving the state capital from destruction.

For history of a more local flavor, the county offers several heritage museums including the Johnston County Heritage Center noted for it's genealogy room, the Benson Museum of Local History which chronicles the life of area farmers and merchants, and the Tobacco Farm Life Museum which pays tribute to the heritage of rural Johnston County and its people with exhibits, educational programs and special events. 

To learn more about our heritage in the county, click on our town websites:

Clayton and 40/42
Four Oaks

Beer Wine & Shine Trail

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Travel around the county to four award-winning wineries, two breweries and get a taste of brandy along the way!  Receive a Free $30 coupon book when you complete the trail.


Meeting Planners

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Johnston County offers conveniently located and affordable conference facilities for meetings, reunions, and unique destination weddings sites.  Why not select a historic home or horse farm for your next event?


Group Tour Operators

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Groups have discovered exits along I-40 and I-95 for outlet shopping, music theatre, museums and heritage sites.  Call today for custom itinerary planning.


Hotel Packages

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We have created several special hotel packages including a Girlfriends Getaway for outlet shopping, we know you need a break and great deals on shoes!  Click here to book your getaway today.


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