Kenansville is located at the center of Duplin County and is known regionally as a peaceful town, rich in history and proud of its heritage. Settled in 1735 by immigrants from Northern Ireland and Swiss Germans from Switzerland, these early pioneers called their town "Golden Grove". The present town of Kenansville was laid out in 1818 and named for James Kenan.
Kenansville, with an elevation of 127 feet above sea level, is
located in the fertile Coastal Plains of southeastern North Carolina.
Kenansville is just 55 miles north of Wilmington and 80 miles southeast
of Raleigh. Kenansville has a population of 1,169.
The Duplin Arts Council is located in Kenansville and conducts numerous events throughout the year. Various types of entertainment events are held during the year at the William Rand Kenan Jr. Memorial Amphitheater. Kenansville is also home to The Cowan Museum in the Kelly-Farrior House.
Kenansville is headquarters for the Duplin and Pender Highway Patrol and is covered by the Duplin County Communications department for police, fire and rescue emergencies.
The Duplin General Hospital is also located in Kenansville and
serves as the primary and specialty healthcare for residents in
Duplin County. The Emergency Department is staffed by specially
trained physicians and nurses and is open 24-hours a day. Additionally,
the 101-bed community hospital offers skilled nursing and psychiatric
services as well as outpatient treatment and same-day surgery. Duplin
County Home Care and Hospice offices are based in this hospital
Education is important to the residents of Kenansville. One local
elementary and middle school are inside the town limits. The local
high school is just a short four miles away. There is also one private,
K-12, school four miles outside of the town. The James Sprunt Community
College Main Campus is less than 1 mile outside of Kenansville.
Three daycare centers are also available to younger children.
The Kenansville area has a park with age appropriate playground equipment, picnic areas and a tennis court lighted for nighttime use. The Duplin Country Club is located three miles from Kenansville and the Duplin Commons, a multi-purpose agribusiness center, is just outside Kenansville.