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History lives in New Bern, NC!
Welcoming newcomers for 300 Years-
Founded in 1710, our Tricentennial is in 2010! From
Revolutionary War and Civil War reenactments, to Historic Homes Tours, and the
famous Ghost Walk Historical pageant-- New Bern, North Carolina, is an east coast
center for history buffs. Along with our beautiful Downtown Historic Districts
which have well
over 250 buildings on the National Register of Historic Places, the fully
restored 17th Century Tryon Palace is one of North Carolina's top historical tourist
destinations. As original British Surveyor-General John
Lawson wrote to Lord Craven about New Bern in his journal, "A
New Voyage to Carolina" in 1709:
"I here present Your Lordships
with a Description of your own Country... whose Inhabitants may enjoy a Life
of the greatest Ease and Satisfaction, and pass away their Hours in solid
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A "CAROLINA CHARTER"
A "Carolina Charter" was issued by King Charles II
of England after he was restored to the throne in 1660, granting his loyal
supporters and drinking buddies, the Lords Proprietorw, wide areas of
land in the New World.
The Carolina Charter spread from Virginia to the
Spanish border of Florida. The name Carolina came from "Carolus", the
Latin word for Charles. William, Earl of Craven, was one of the original
Lords Proprietor, and Craven County, of which New Bern is the county
seat, bears his name.
Ravaged by decades of war, Protestant Germans
and Swiss known as Palatines from the Pfalz or Palatine region of
Germany began by 1709 to emigrate first to Rotterdam, then London, and
when London had too many refugees, went to Ireland, and lastly to the
New World. The Twenty Years War, the French Catholic King's
attempt to destroy them, along with crop failure, famine and plague,
defeated these hardy people-temporarily and motivated them to attempt a
new existence in unknown lands.
In London, the impoverished
Palatine families lived in tent cities in the parks until Protestant
Queen Anne Stuart could help them get to her
colonies in America. It so happened that four Native American Tribal
Kings were also visiting London at that time. The Mohawk king offered to
share land in the Mohawk valley of New York. As was typical during this
period, the ocean voyage was long and difficult to
survive due to the poor quality of food and water aboard ship. The
infectious disease Typhus, popularly called afterward "Palatine fever",
broke out onboard, and many immigrants, particularly children, died
before reaching America.
The earliest immigrants to America from Germany were
from the Rhineland Palatinate, or German border towns of France and
German-speaking cantons of Switzerland. Beginning in the 1680s and
growing into a flood by the 1720s, Palatine immigrants arrived in New
York and southeastern Pennsylvania by the thousands, some coming to the
Carolinas as well. The Palatine migration to the Hudson River Valley in
New York, for example, turned out to be the largest single immigration
to America in the colonial period.
The Palatines in Pennsylvania became known as the "Pennsylvania
Dutch" (mistaken for Deutch or German), had large groups of
Anabaptists, with followers of both the Amish faith and the similar
Mennonite religion settling throughout the area. We have a small
Mennonite population here, many Germans and Swiss settled in eastern NC.
THE FOUNDING OF NEW BERN
From about 1705 to 1708 John Lawson, British
official Surveyor General for the Carolinas
(for whom New Bern's popular
Lawson Creek Park
is named), had lived in Bath Town, NC, where his
primary interests were his
orchards and vines. When he went to England to have his book published,
he was "called upon by the Lord Proprietors to assist Baron Christoph
De Graffenried" who was trying to settle a colony of Palatines in
North Carolina. Franz Louis Michel, a geologist and miner from Bern,
Switzerland, (Lawson refers to him as Francis-Louis Mitchell) had come
to America in 1702, and discovered evidence of silver in the mountains.
He returned to Europe to start a company to found a colony in America,
and met DeGraffenried, who had similar plans, and had already contracted
with the city of Bern to remove some of the Anabaptists (the Palatines)
to America. They then formed a partnership, and intended to search for
silver. After the course of events which included John Lawson's death
and a massacre of these colonists; that plan never came off.
Read John Lawson's
1709 book on his Carolina adventures, called "A New Voyage
Swiss Baron Christoph DeGraffenried, is credited with settling the New Bern site in
1710. His fellow settlers and original European-born "New Bernians" were- for the most part- German Palatines and Swiss
Baron De Graffenried, with Lawson's help, purchased the
land from the Tuscarora Indians who had a small settlement here known as Chattowka, which meant "where the fish are taken out." It was said the
Neuse River at this time was teeming with sturgeons so large the
Indians used to ride them for fun.
As a point of interest, the oldest water elm tree in
the US still stands in the historic section of downtown,
and under (or beside) that tree the treaty with the Indians was signed!
The town was built on the triangle of land forming the union of the
Trent and Neuse Rivers.. called the "Union Point." Today Union Point
Park is a public park where concerts and other significant New Bern
public events are held. A bust of "The Baron" can be seen today on
Pollock Street between Christ Episcopal Church and City Hall.
Read the English translation of Baron De Graffenried's own account of
the Treaty with the Tuscaroras and
life in early New Bern.
De Graffenried named the city of New Bern after his
home town of Bern, Switzerland. A red and gold
city flag of Bern, Switzerland, was later presented to New Bern by
officials from Bern, Switzerland, in 1896. Featuring a black bear with its
distinctive long, curling tongue, it is the official flag for
New Bern. (The original is displayed inside City Hall.) In modern days, the black bear has become the unofficial New
Bern icon, and is used in company names, garden statues, even the New
Bern Bears mascot for New Bern High School. There are still black bears
in the larger area in Croatan National Forest. (You'll even see a huge version of the bear alongside the
Trent Woods and Glenburnie Road exits off of Highway 70). Lots of
resin bear statues were painted and placed around New Bern for the
2012 300th Tri-centennial.
INDIAN WARS AND
While the original
settlers in New Bern suffered due to the hotter climate than
they were used to (very different from Switzerland and Germany!), a lack of
familiar European provisions, diseases and Indian problems, they also
found an abundance of natural resources, from fish to game
to pine products to agriculture- all still money crops today.
Reenactment of Tuscarora Indian attack on
However, the colony was
almost wiped out a year after settlement when the
Indians, a local tribe who dominated the native populations
in North Carolina. After their King (chieftain) was attacked by
settlers and their lands seized, attacked New Bern in September 1711.
men, women and children, including William Bartram, father
of America's most famous botanist, John Bartram
ancestor of our intrepid realtor,
Bob Bartram, of CENTURY 21 Zaytoun Raines!)
On June 8, 1710, Tuscarora Indians on the
Roanoke and Tar-Pamlico Rivers sent a petition to the
government of Pennsylvania protesting the seizure of their
lands and mistreatment of their people by Carolina settlers.
|KING TAYLOR AND
TREATY OF NEW BERN
The following story is according to
family descendants of "King" Taylor, and was
extracted from "Who
are the Coree?" by Al Pate ]
near present day Snow Hill] ] was the
capital of the people whose ancestors were known to
Raleigh's colonists as Croatans. That the people of King
Tom Taylor of Cartuca were descended from members of the
Lost Colony may be concluded from the Congressional
Report of 1914-1915, by Special Indian Agent O.M.
McPherson. It precluded their classification as "Native
Americans," with the benefits they would derive from
this status. Hugh and Clement Taylor were both members
of the Lost colony, but it is not known which, if
either, was an ancestor of King Taylor.
John Lawson and Baron De Graffenried contracted for the
settlement of Palatines in the geographically strategic
site of Cartuca--now New Bern--in 1710, the people of
King Taylor were initially pleased at the prospect of
European neighbors. Their king, King Tom Taylor, was
maternally descended from Sir Manteo (knighted Lord of
Roanoake and Dasamonguepeuk by Queen Elizabeth) and an
English adventurer named Taylor, and they were pleased
at the prospect of European neighbors.
After agreeing to the
sale, on the night of the celebration of the sale of
Cartuca to the Europeans, it became clear to King Taylor
that Lawson had bargained away far more from the
Tuscaroras than Taylor ever intended to sell. King
Taylor pleaded for brotherhood and cooperation between
the whites and the Indians, using the English dialect of
the Raleigh colonists.
Enraged at being asked
to cooperate by a "savage" (even one dressed like
Europeans and speaking English, ) Franz Michel, drunk on
rum and egged on by other Europeans present, brutally
beat King Taylor. When Taylor bitterly complained, John
Lawson delivered an ultimatum to the Indians and had
them thrown out of New Bern immediately. Taylor and his
family and entourage left, nursing a grudge against
Lawson and Michel.
THE TUSCARORA WARS
AND THE EXECUTION OF JOHN LAWSON (from
De Graffenried's own journals)
According to De Graffenried, some days
before the New Bern massacre, John Lawson proposed that
they go up the Neuse River, where there were plenty of
wild grapes. They were assured "that
no savages lived on that branch of the river. But to
feel safer we took two Indians to guide, which we knew
well, with two African slaves to row." Two days out,
near the village of Coram, they were overtaken by a
large number of Tuscaroras, and captured.
There was a trial of sorts, where their
intentions were examined, and Mr. Lawson was charged
with being too severe, and for selling their land. After
a lengthy debate, it was decided that they should be
released the next day, but the following morning, Cor
(King) Tom reproached Mr. Lawson, and they quarreled.
Depiction of Lawson's execution by the
every effort to get Lawson to quit quarrelling. I
did not succeed. All at once, three or four Indians
fell upon us in a furious manner. . . . They took
our hats and periwigs and threw them into the fire,
and a council of war being held we were immediately
sentenced to death." One of the Indians, a
relation of King Taylor, from whom De Graffenried
had bought the land for New Bern, appealed in his
behalf. "The Indians whispered in my ear that I
had nothing to fear, but that Lawson would die, what
affected me much. They also liberated my slave, but
I never saw him since... As to Lawson's death, I
know nothing. Some said he was hung, some said he
was burnt. The Indians kept that execution very
The Tuscaroras then informed De
Graffenried that they were going to war, but would not
harm Chattawka (New Bern), but that the people of New
Bern ought to stay in the town -- unfortunately, there
was no way to inform the people of New Bern. Several
days later prisoners were brought back, and De
Graffenried tells of recognizing some of them as his
tenants, including a boy who reported that his whole
family had been killed. After six weeks imprisonment at
Catechna, he was released, and returned to New Bern,
where the people were surprised to find him alive.
Thus started the Tuscarora Indian Wars. Skirmishes continued
between European settlers and the Tuscarora until the Tuscarora were defeated by militia from South
Carolina in 1712-1713, and the colony eventually began to
Gates of the Tryon Palace, named after
British Governor William Tryon, housed the governor's family
when North Carolina was a British colony and New Bern was
the capital of the colony. Governor Tryon later left New
Bern to become Governor of New York
"Colonial" family enjoys the weather during a summer
reenactment on the Tryon Palace grounds.
British royal governor, William Tryon, saw the need for
a permanent capital in the growing colony and selected
New Bern as the site. The Tryon Palace, first colonial and
state capitol building of North Carolina, was designed
by the English architect, John Hawks. The palace was
completed in 1770. It was a political center during the
Revolution; the last Royal governor fled the capitol for
safety in 1775, and the port sheltered many privateers
during that War.
Even before the Revolutionary War, New
known and visited by the pirates who terrorized
the Carolina shoreline. Nearby Beaufort has one of
Blackbeard's houses, "Hammock House," where purportedly
his men and/or a wife stayed on shore leave. What is
believed to be Blackbeard's famous ship "Queen Anne's
Revenge" was discovered in the shallow waters off the
Beaufort coast in 1996 and is being scavenged
for artifacts that will be in the NC Maritime Museum in
Beaufort. Today, the colonial influence remains
strong, as New Bern can boast the largest group in North
Carolina of English-style historic structures dating
from the early 1700's in our famous Historic District.
During the Revolutionary
War, North Carolina's copy of the Declaration of
Independence was brought here and read to the town by
one of NC's original signers after the last British
governor had fled. This event is reenacted every 4th of
July on the steps of the Tryon Palace, and is one of the
most historically meaningful Independence Day
celebrations you can attend. (There's even an effigy of
North Carolina called "The Tar Heel State"?
The state of North Carolina's nickname as the Tar Heel
State may have derived from this period.
The moniker is rooted in the state's
earliest history, derived from the production of naval
stores-tar, pitch and turpentine-extracted from the vast
pine forests of the state, such as are still found today
around New Bern. Because of this product, so extensively
produced in North Carolina, the people of the state were
derisively called "tar boilers" by poet Walt Whitman and
others throughout America.
There are several explanations for the meaning of
"Tar Heels". In one, folklore has it that the nickname
goes back to the Revolutionary War; what's now known
as the Tar River had tar poured into it to slow down
British troops. Those who forded the river found their
feet covered in tar when they emerged, leading to the
"tar heel" nickname.
The second, and more probable origin was written by
James M. Ray of Asheville, who records incidents in 1863
that suggest the nickname's original application.
In a fierce battle in Virginia, where their
supportive column was driven from the field, North
Carolina troops stood alone and fought successfully. The
victorious troops were asked in a condescending tone by
some Virginians who had retreated, "Any more tar down
in the Old North State, boys?" The response came
quickly: "No, not a bit. Old Jeff's [Jefferson
Davis] bought it all up." "Is that so? What's
he going to do with it?" the Virginians asked. "He
is going to put it on your heels to make you stick
better in the next fight!"
Yet another story claims that the Tar Heels nickname was
given during the Civil War, in which a Confederate
general was reported as saying, with regard to steadfast
North Carolinan soldiers, "There they stand as if they
have tar on their heels."
|After the Revolution, New Bern became wealthy and
quickly developed a rich cultural
life. In fact, at one time New Bern was called "the Athens
of the South." The Tryon Palace was the capital of the
independent State of North Carolina. It is a town of many
first school to be chartered in North Carolina
- The first
printing press in NC
first Jewish synagogue in North Carolina
first Roman Catholic church
- The first NC
newspaper printed here
Renowned in the South were
the Masonic Temple and the Athens Theater, both still very
active today in our town. The Masonic Theater is the oldest
theater in America in continous use!
Reenactment at the New
Bern Academy, First Chartered School in NC
CIVIL WAR IN NEW BERN
|As a center of agriculture, munitions and
naval supplies for the Confederacy, New Bern was an
important target for the North to capture. Turpentine
factories, shipbuilding yards, and even inventors of the
first bombs for the South (see historical marker on East
Front Street) were all based here in New Bern.
Therefore, Union forces ("Federals") captured New Bern early in the Civil War,
specifically on March 14, 1862, in the
Battle of New Bern. (See
map of the battle, and read a
unique "blog" of the battle and events leading up to and
following it.) Not expecting a major offensive this far
south, the few Southern forces in New Bern mistakenly told
their wives to "hold supper for them as they'd be back home
Union Brigadier General Ambrose Burnside led
the engagement for the North and
wrote of the battle. Once New Bern was secured for
the Union, the Federal officers occupied the
larger homes in the town, and New Bern was filled with Union
troops for the rest of the War. For this reason, there was
less damage to New Bern than to most small Southern towns,
and more historic buildings have been preserved.
also became a haven for escaped slaves and was an important
stop on the Underground Railroad. James City, across the
Trent River was the first haven for NC slaves and at one
time, had tens of thousands of refugees living there in the
Federal Camp, named "James City" for this northern
New Bern Bern
Historical Society is working to preserve the battlefield
and build a
New Bern Civil War Battlefield Park and Visitor's Center
to be located at the entrance of Taberna.
Local Civil War reenactments are often held around the
palace and the Academy.
|Although a big fire during the
battle burned a number of homes in what is the historic
downtown, since the town of New Bern was occupied very early
in the war by the "Federals" (Union Army forces), many of
the old houses were saved. When the residents returned
to town after the war, many of their homes were occupied by
freedmen and squatters, and it took many years for the
ravages of the war to disappear. The First
Presbyterian Church, however, had been used as a Union
hospital during the war and had sustained significant damage
during the Battle of New Bern and its subsequent medical
use. Post-Civil War United States government officials, when
notified of this damage, informed church members that all
damages caused by the Union troops would be paid, and that
they only needed to file a claim detailing the damages. A
claim was made, but to this day, however, not a penny has
been paid by the government to the church.
During the Reconstruction period, agriculture was the
savior of the town of New Bern, along with the
long-established New Bern stand-bys: turpentine, pitch, tar
and naval stores.
First Presbyterian Church, still awaiting
compensation from the "Federals" for damages sustained
during the Civil War
difficulty of Reconstruction, New Bern came to life again
and by 1916, there were 16 lumber mills here. A thriving
pitch and turpentine trade was established. It was also a
rich source of seafood that was shipped far and wide.
WW1 was a short period during which New Bern thrived. The
men returned to a prosperous city.
During WWII, mine sweepers were built in New Bern,
including the first mine sweeper ever built for the United
States Navy! New Bern was a hopping town during the War. Many
soldiers based at Cherry Point came here to party and attend
very handsome soldier named Tyrone Powers danced with the
local ladies before he was shipped overseas. The town
was so full that even chicken coops were rented out to
historic homes were subdivided for boarders all during
war time, particularly in
Also during this period,
Cherry Point Marine Corps Air Station (Cherry Point MCAS) was
built, with construction coincidentally
starting a week before the attack on Pearl Harbor. It
continues to be one of the greatest employers in the New
German prisoners of war were brought to this area to work
the farms and factories. A historical marker can still be
seen commemorating this on Hwy 43 South almost at the corner
of Glenburnie Road. Many settled here after the war.
Founded in 1941 in San
Diego, the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing moved to Cherry Point in
Marine Corps Color
||During the 50's, New Bern
started settling into the peaceful, small town lifestyle it
still enjoys today.
Returning G.I.'s began to
build homes and families here.
One claim to fame is our visit by Elvis Presley as he was
starting his career and touring around the South.
Elvis and his small band played many Southern towns, and New
Bern was one of them. During his stint here, he played
the Sudan Temple for a sold-out one night show, and ate
lunch at the drug store on the corner where the Chelsea
Restaurant is now located. We don't know what he ate, but
we're sure he washed it down with a Pepsi Cola!
LATE 20TH AND
|Since the late 1990's and into the new
millennium, New Bern is undergoing another
renaissance, as both a top retirement destination and affordable and
"safe haven" for families who want to escape the rat race and
enjoy an old-fashioned, friendly lifestyle.
World War II, New Bern became a quiet
little town until it began to experience a growth spurt in the late 1970's and
Harbour resort and residential community was
built in 1977, offering both timeshare condos and single
family homes with deep water access to the Neuse River for
sailboats at your backdoor via a series of canals, and
year-round recreation including golf, tennis, and swimming.
Originally part of the worldwide Fairfield Resorts
International, Fairfield Harbour's aggressive advertising
attracted national and worldwide attention. It is still one
of the largest private marinas in North Carolina. Many homes
have been built since 2000 in the remaining open lots,
providing great home options with a "365-day vacation"
lifestyle for residents.
On the other side of town off the Trent River, the first
major community with boating and golf, the
Town of River Bend, was built starting in 1980 and began
attracting retirees, military and families from all over the
Next, the Weyerhauser (paper) company decided to develop
pine forest land into the
Aesthetically beautiful with elegant homes, Greenbrier was
"green" since the tall trees were left in by the developer
and the Rees Jones-designed golf course,
In the last decade, The Emerald gained fame for the Curtis Strange
Shrine Charity Golf Classic held from 1990 to 2000.
Curtis' wife is from New Bern, and to get
the course started, he held a charity fundraiser here to
help the Shriners. He invited golfing compatriots here
to play in a 4-person
tourney. During those years, local golfers got to watch many
golf legends, including: Tiger Woods, Arnold Palmer, Fred
Couples, Tom Kite, Jay Haas, Nancy Lopez, and Fuzzy Zoeller.
Even Michael Jordan played here! Tiger tied the
course record of 63 in the last year of the fundraiser, and
as he was rising in fame. In 1992 and 1993 the Emerald was
host to one of the PGA qualifying schools. Today
local golfers from around New
Bern enjoy following in the
(spiked) shoes of these famous golfers.
was built by Weyerhauser, utilizing the
Bern theme. With a large, elegant clubhouse in a Swiss
style, beautiful golf course and other amenities, surrounded by
equally elegant homes, Taberna's streets would sound
familiar to De Graffenried, as they are named for Swiss
towns and landmarks. Carolina Colours out US 70E past
Taberna is the newest high-end development started in town.
The economy's disastrous turn slowed it to a crawl, but this
community promises to be a stellar attraction for the
eastern Carolina landscape.
Carolina Colours was
just getting started when the Great Recession began. It has
been slow to regain it's initial energy but is a most
beautiful new golf community in eastern NC.
"WILLKOMMEN IN NEW
German is being heard again around New Bern, with the
arrival of German manufacturing powerhouse, Bosch. One of
the New Bern's largest employers, Bosch launched its
BSH (B/S/H) Home Appliances Corporation here in March
1997, when started production of its high quality, European
designed dishwashers at its new, state-of-the-art factory in
New Bern, North Carolina. Since 1999, BSH then began
producing cooktops and ventilation hoods in 1999, and then
expanded still more with two new factories here, producing
freestanding Bosch ranges, washing machines and dryers. More
expansion is expected. Many executives from Bosch facilities
worldwide are sent here on assignment, so say Welcome to New
Bern! or "Willkommen in New Bern!" if you see them around
Click to use a free Google online English to German
Another upcoming joint American-German investment is the
new 1000-acre waterfront marina-hotel-residential
development being started by the Jupiter development group across the Neuse River from New
Bern, Bridgeton Harbor. A deep water marina with 129
boat slips is due to be finished by March 2008, after which
the homes and hotel construction will commence.
It seems New Bern is still appreciated by the Germans!
INTERNATIONAL OUTDOOR SCULPTURE SHOW
Other internal event is the annual International Outdoor
Sculpture Competition and Exhibition held by the Bank of the
Arts. Winning sculptures are displayed for a year in the
sculpture garden on the corner of Middle and Broad Streets.
AND PARTICIPATION BOOMS
last fifteen years have seen another boom industry in modern
New Bern: an active interest and participation in historic
preservation, reenactment and restoration. Most of the
historic homes, many dating to the Revolutionary and Civil
War periods and on the National Register of Historic Places,
have been bought and loving restored by newcomers and
Volunteer docents in period costume help create the
living history feel by assisting visitors to the Tryon
Palace, New Bern Academy, and in the many local historic
pageants and events. Talented fife players and drummers
might enjoy joining the Tryon Palace Fife and Drum Corps,
while dancers might enjoy learning historical colonial
period dances to perform at the Palace (See
our Historical Dance section under our Adult Education
of the many reenactment events and volunteer opportunities
include: daily docents at the Tryon Palace and surrounding
buildings, the famous Spaight-Stanley Duel
reenactment (see right), various Civil War encampments,
colonial period re-enactors and dancers at the two
nationally recognized annual events: the Christmas time
Candlelight Tours at the Tryon Palace, and the
October Ghost Walk with tours of historic homes and
buildings combined with ghost stories, which every year
features a different historical period in New Bern.
NEW BERN NC 300TH
ANNIVERSARY IN 2010
Founded in 1710, New Bern will be 300 years old in 2010,
and tricentennial plans are already underway. The Swiss
Bear Downtown Development Corporation is busy planning
beautification projects and other programs to commemorate
this three-century milestone. Contact them for information
at 252-638-5781 or
Important personages from Bern Switzerland, which gave us
our city flag in 1889, and then became New Bern's official
Sister City, will be
present for the festivities. We hope you will, too!
FASCINATING NEW BERN FACTOIDS
first paid and public schools in North Carolina were started in New Bern by
James Reed, pastor of Christ Episcopal Church. (See picture of James Reed Lane
in shopping section.)
Christ Episcopal Church interior was designed in the style of
Christopher Wren, the famous English architect. It is a "must
see" for visitors. (pic under churches)
first postal service in the colony began here.
first Carolina printing press was in New Bern, and the first pamphlet,
newspaper and book were printed here as a result.
first modern naval mine sweeper was launched from Barbour Boatworks on the
Trent River in 1942.
first torpedo put to practical use was invented here, as was the
City, just across the Trent River east of New Bern, was the Civil War camp
where escaped slaves came for protection from all over the Carolinas. Since
the Federals held the city all through the War, James City was a safe
haven. The only remaining slave cabin in NC has been restored and can be
seen in James City.
Bern was the first city in America to celebrate George Washington's
birthday. Washington came here and danced at the Tryon Palace.
Neuse River was named for the Neusiak Indians, by a scout of Sir
Bern has one of the finest fireman's museums in the US, with an outstanding
collection of horsedrawn firefighting equipment. During the Union Army's
occupation of New Bern during the Civil War, the
New Bern Fire and Steam Engine Company, No. 1 was organized on January
1, 1865 by Union soldiers.
four-faced turn-of-the-century Baxter clock on Pollock St. is extremely
rare; it is one of three Seth Thomas post clocks still in use. Now listed on
the National Register.
- Blackbeard was probably a visitor to New Bern, reportedly to the waterfront
taverns, few of which he missed on the east Carolina coast. His flagship,
Queen Anne's Revenge, has been discovered just off the coast of Beaufort
approx. 1 mile SW of the channel. Artifacts from the ship, including
many cannon, will be displayed in
- in the NC
Maritime Museum in Beaufort. (About 40 min. from New Bern).
Sipping a Pepsi by the plaque on wall outside
the Pepsi Store- corner of Middle and Pollock Streets
was invented in New Bern in 1898. It was originally called
"Brad's Drink" after Caleb Bradham, the pharmacist who
invented it. Today, a
Plaque and Pepsi souvenir products store mark the site of Bradham's Pharmacy.
His second and larger location is in what is now The Chelsea
Restaurant, frequented by Elvis Presley when he performed here.
You can see a Pepsi history mural painted on the wall of the
Union Point Park
in downtown New Bern on the point where the two mighty rivers meet, has
undergone extensive renovation. This site was selected in 1710 by Baron
deGraffenried for a government house; purchased from Indian Chief "King
Taylor". However, it was not then utilized. Later the site became a Civil
War encampment, and later still-- a construction company storage site. Now
this special piece of land is a showplace park.
NC HISTORY LINKS
To read more about New Bern history, visit these sites:
- Tryon Palace
need we say more? Open year-round, with reenactors, pageants, free concerts,
and the unforgettable Candlelight Tour on weekends before Christmas, the
Tryon Palace is a perennial favorite of locals and visitors alike.
Bern Historical Society (Warning: Once you enter
this site, there is loud historical music playing continuously; we advise
you turn speakers off or mute your sound if you don't want others to hear)-
This group sponsors New Bern battlefield restoration, historic homes tours,
Ghost Walk, several historic reenactments throughout the year
New Bern Preservation Foundation (helping to preserve historic
structures and sites in Craven County)
National Register of Historic Places in North Carolina
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