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 has approximately 2000 residents. Kenly enjoys a proud farming history that is still evident today. Kenly is home to the Tobacco Farm Life Museum which has been showcasing the community’s heritage for over twenty-five years.