Johnston County, NC Guide

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Johnston County, NC Guide

Area: 791 square milesPopulation: 181,423 est. in 2014Bordering Counties: Wake, Nash Wilson, Wayne, Sampson, HarnettSources:

Johnston County, nickname JoCo* Formed in 1746 from Craven County* Named for Gabriel Johnston, royal governor from 1734-1752* Located midway between New York & Florida on highway I-95*Johnston County is known for it's colorful rural and small town history and culture. * Home to 11 towns, listed in order of size: Clayton, Smithfield (county seat since 1771), Selma, Benson, Archer Lodge, Kenly, Four Oaks, Pine Level, Princeton, Wilson's Mills and Micro. * Best places to eat ... Crickets in Smithfield & Shorts in Selma have best Carolina Packer hot dogs around! Johnston County loves it's BBQ, BBQ places are too many to name!

Johnston County North Carolina

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Established 1969In Smithfield

Ava Gardner Museum in Smithfield. She has roles in 15 MGM movies. Went to college at Barton (Atlantic Christian College)

Selma Train Station Museum exhibits on history of station and the Town of Selma

Bentonville Battlefield, (near Four Oaks) fought March 19-21,1865. Last full scale action of Civil War.

Johnston County Courthouse, Smithfield

Atkinson's MillWorking gristmill dating back 240 years

History & Heritage in Johnston County

By: Diann Barfield November 2015

Outlet Mall Shopping in Smithfield


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