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Kenly is located on the northeastern edge of Johnston County. The town limits are within two counties, Johnston and Wilson. Kenly is approximately centered between the towns of Smithfield and Wilson on U.S. 301. Raleigh, the state capital, is forty miles west. The Town of Kenly has long been known as "Friendly Kenly", and visitors will find that sentiment to be true.

Eat some good ole' eastern style BBQ with all the fixin's and sides, washed down with a glass of sweet tea at Stormin' Norman's. Stroll down Main Street and visit the Kenly Area Historical Society.

If you want to experience life on the farm visit the Tobacco Farm Museum. A 6,000 sq. foot exhibit gallery displays artifacts from all aspects of farm life, along with a hands-on children's exhibit, household goods, musical instruments, clothing, and agricultural tools. A restored farmstead, with main house, detached kitchen, smoke house, tobacco barn, working blacksmith shop, 1890's one room school house and reproduction pack house depicts rural life as it was during the Great Depression era. The gift shop offers souvenirs and hand-crafted items.

In May Kenly is the site of the East Coast Jamboree, a three day Truck Show and Car Show with live music and other activities, hosted by the Kenly 95 Petro Truck Stop.



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