Johnston County Courthouse - District#11

Johnston County Courthouse - District#11

Address: 207 E Johnston St
Smithfield, NC 27577
Phone: 919-209-5400
Fax: 919-209-5400
Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m, Monday through Friday
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According to Wikipedia the 2008 estimated population of Johnston Countyestimated population was 163,428 (a 34% increase since 2000) making it the 77th fastest growing U.S. county with a population of 10,000 or more. Its county seat is Smithfield. Visitor attractions in Johnston County include several heritage museums and historic sites. The Bentonville Battlefield State Historic Site is located in eastern Johnston County, and it is the largest Civil War Battlefield in North Carolina. The Battle of Bentonville was fought March 19-21, 1865, and was the only Confederate offensive targeted to stop General Sherman's march through the south.

The Tobacco Farm Life Museum in Kenly has been collecting artifacts and showcasing the heritage of the Eastern North Carolina farmer for over 25 years. The site includes a museum and restored farmstead, working blacksmith shop, one-room school house and the site hosts several events each year.

The Ava Gardner Museum located in Smithfield is home to an incredible collection of artifacts such as scripts, movie posters, costumes and personal belongings of screen legend, Ava Gardner, who was born and raised in Johnston County.

The Johnston County Heritage Center is in Downtown Smithfield, and houses artifacts from all over the county. The Heritage Center has become known as one of the best equipped facilities in the country for studying local history and genealogy.

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