North Carolina- Lenoir County-July 2

North Carolina People, Places, and Things-July 2

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.

Today post is number 1000 as a blogger and I find it hard to believe in 2.5 years I have gone from zero to 1000.


Lenoir County roots are connected to a defunct county named Dobbs County.  It was formed in 1758 from Johnson County though the legislative act that created it did not become effective until April 10, 1759.

Map below from 1775


It was named for Arthur Dobbs a former Governor of North Carolina  (1754-1765).  In 1779 after the Revolutionary War western parts of Dobbs County became Wayne County. In 1791 parts of Dobbs County became Glasgow County (later Greene County) and Lenoir County and the name Dobbs ceased to exist.

Lenoir County getting its start in 1791 was named for William Lenoir who took part in the Revolutionary War in the battle of King’s Mountain.

Map of Lenoir County outlined in red.


Lenoir County has lots of notoriety including the award winning restaurant the Chef and the Farmer which opened up in Kinston, NC in 2006. The owners are Vivian Howard (from Lenoir County) and husband Ben Knight.

There is also a TV show about the restaurant that airs on PBS.

Even though I like food and have been to another restaurant that Vivian and Ben own called the Boiler Room I want to focus most of my post on basketball.

Brandon Ingram just wound up being drafted 2nd overall in the NBA Draft by the Los Angles Lakers. He was born in Kinston and comes from a North Carolina County with a rich basketball history of producing college standouts.

I came across this list that omitted one of my former players Leon Morgan who played at UNC Pembroke, was an All-American, and went on and played briefly in Europe. The list talks about the top players from Lenoir County.

Pretty impressive with names like Brandon Ingram, Jerry Stackhouse, Cedric “Cornbread” Maxwell. Mitchell Wiggins,Tony Dawson, Charles Shackleford, and Reggie Bullock.

The complete article is below


One comment

  1. Congratulations on 1000 posts. That’s a huge milestone.

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