Serving persons with developmental disabilities since 1914, Caswell Developmental Center was the first mental disability facility in North Carolina. The Caswell Museum and Visitors Center portrays institutional life from the early 1900s to the present through a collection of historical information and artifacts. These displays tell the Caswell story and relate the Center to its place in the history of Kinston, Lenoir County, and the state of North Carolina, making it invaluable to individuals or groups interested in tracing the early development of services for person with developmental disabilities.