North Carolina-Jones County-June 25

North Carolina People, Places, and Things-June 25

I am the dad to five adult children. As they were growing up I attempted to remind them they were special and to implore them to learn something new. My goal was to do that daily.

In 2016 my goal is to learn something new daily on the people, places, and things that make North Carolina special. Everyday this year I am doing a post on what I have learned new.

The fifth least populated county in North Carolina is Jones County the census figures has the population around 10,000. The closest city of any size to the county would be New Bern, NC.

The county is depicted below outlined in red.


Jones County population of 10,000 has pretty much hovered around that number since 1920 when its population was 9,912. It’s county seat is Trenton, NC. Photo below shows the Jones County Courthouse located in Trenton, NC.


Trenton, originally referred to as Trent Bridge, became the seat of government of Jones County in 1784. The Trent River flows through Jones County, and both the river and county seat are named after the Trent River in England.

trent river

The county was formed out of Craven County in 1779. The county origins go back to large plantations. By the 1860s, the county had one of the wealthiest plantation economies in the United States, but the Civil War brought that industry to a halt.

During the colonial days, water provided by the Trent River and various lakes served as the primary means of transportation for people, crops, and supplies. The Trent River, which flowed through Onslow County, Jones County, and Craven County was a main supply tributary.

Steamboats on regular schedules plied the waters between New Bern and Trenton, the county seat of Jones County.


These flat bottom vessels some sixty (60) feet in length with a narrow beam drew only eighteen (18) inches of water, and barges were used to transport people, crops, and supplies.

Some of the steamboats that I found online that navigated the Trent River can be found at:





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