Local Information

Johnston County

Formed in 1746, Johnston County (also known as JoCo to the locals) is a true southern community, offering a bit of farming and country life with connections to history, entertainment, and outlet shopping. Located halfway between New York and Florida on I-95 and at the cross-roads of I-95 and I-40, Johnston County connects the nation's North and South with East and West. Its location places it only a two-hour drive from Atlantic Coast Beaches and a four-hour drive from the Blue Ridge Mountains. The county is replete with historical sites ranging from the Bentonville Battlefield State Historic Site, the location of the last major battle of the Civil War and the site of the largest military engagement ever fought on state soil, to the Atkinson’s Mill, a working gristmill dating back 240+ years, to the Tobacco Farm Life Museum preserving authentic eastern North Carolina rural heritage, to the Ava Gardner Museum, a celebration of the career of the film legend. Johnston County is also home to one of the best equipped local history and genealogy facilities in the country, the Heritage Center in Smithfield. The Carolina Premium Outlets directly off I-95 is also nationally known for its shopping facilities. With great barbecue from Smithfield’s Chicken & Barbecue, Johnston County has a relaxed, slow-paced lifestyle true to southern tradition.

Johnston County Government

Johnston County Cities and Towns:

Archer Lodge



Four Oaks



Pine Level




Wilson's Mills

Johnston County Communities (unincorporated areas of the county):

Cleveland (40/42)


Flowers Plantation

Hocutts Crossroads


McGee Crossroads

Peacocks Crossroads


Stancils Chapel

West Smithfield

Johnston County Culture, Business, and Recreation:

Beer Wine and Shine Trail

Benson Mule Days

The Farm

Neuse Little Theatre

Neuse River Walk

Paul A Johnston Auditorium

List of Parks and Recreation Areas

Johnston United Soccer Association

Johnston County Education:

Public School System

Private Schools

Neuse Charter School

Higher Education

Johnston Community College

Clarksville Theological Seminary

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