White & Allen, P.A. made its first home in Kinston, N.C., a town of approximately 23,000 located in Eastern North Carolina. The firm has offices in Kinston, New Bern, Snow Hill, and Greenville all in Eastern North Carolina. Kinston is in the heart of what was once of the most important tobacco producing areas in the United States; even now, tobacco farming remains an important part of the area economy.
Incorporated in 1826, the community was originally named for King George III of England. Forty-two years earlier following the end of the Revolutionary War, the people of what was Kingston requested that the letter “g” be dropped from its name, certainly a reasonable request given the circumstances.
By 1885, Kinston was home to many merchants, three carriage factories, a harness factory, two turpentine distilleries, gristmills, sawmills, and several doctors and lawyers.
When good transportation became vital to the future of the area, Lenoir County built one of the finest road systems in the state. When the cotton economy declined, Lenoir County farmers grew a new crop and became the "World's Foremost Tobacco Center." When industry was needed, citizens built their own factories and mills.
The Neuse River passes through Kinston on its way to the Atlantic Ocean, only about 90 minutes away via N.C. 70 to the east. Neighboring counties include Greene and Pitt counties, the latter home to Greenville and its widely-known East Carolina University.
The town’s marketing slogan is “Kinston: We’re On The Way” and it’s a good geographical play on words. Kinston is astride a main route about halfway between the Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill metropolis called the Research Triangle and some of the East Coast’s finest ocean beaches.
The drive to the southeast takes motorists first to Craven County’s New Bern, one of North Carolina’s former capital cities. The city’s famed Tryon Palace draws hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. Next comes Morehead City in the center of the Crystal Coast region in Carteret County, featuring Atlantic Beach, Emerald Isle and Pine Knoll Shores.
Directly to the east and northeast are the riverine and estuarine areas now being touted as the Inner Banks of North Carolina. These picturesque settings incorporate magnificent river and sound views with dense forests and are being eyed by major developers as promising resort and retirement areas.
The Outer Banks, made up largely of outlying barrier islands to the east, and the Banks’ famed Graveyard of the Atlantic bring tourists from all over the Eastern Seaboard and Midwest into the state for beach vacationing, boating, fishing, diving and just plain relaxing along the North Carolina coast. The birthplace of aviation is only a few hours away at Kitty Hawk near Nags Head and Kill Devil Hills. The Wright Brothers’ legacy is very strong in the Tar Heel State.
Our closest professional links, of course, are in a 13-county region encompassing much of southeastern North Carolina. Our clients can often be found in the small towns scattered across a place like Duplin County, or in larger cities like Wilson in Wilson County and Goldsboro in Wayne County.
White & Allen, in fact, serves clients from all over North Carolina but the firm proudly calls Eastern North Carolina home. We like to think our close-in potential client base adds up to around 40 counties and a population of around 3,000,000 people.
From our four offices in the region, we think we do a solid job of serving our homeland whenever and wherever we are needed.