One of the largest Civil War artifacts found in eastern Carolina is getting a new home in downtown Kinston.
The CSS. Neuse will be moving to the 31,000 square foot CSS Neuse Interpretive Center, a climate control facility, to preserve the ship. The project is a private and public partnership that the city of Kinston says it has been working on for over a decade.
State officials say part of the reason the state is investing in this project is because of the private support.
"This is not a matter of the state just giving money to this project, the state is investing money to this project but they are investing a long with the local community," Secretary of NC Cultural Resources, Linda Carlisle said.
The CSS Neuse is the only confederate commissioned iron clad in existence. It will also be housed with the single largest collection of confederate artifacts ever assembled.