New Bern Woman’s Club Spreads Cheer throughout the Year!

The New Bern Woman’s Club rang in the Holiday Season today during their 15th Annual “Holly and Ivy” Holiday Homes Tour!

Homeowners and the Sky Sail Condominiums opened up their doors to welcome local residents and visitors to enjoy refreshments and cookies. It was also great opportunity to learn more about the history that dates back to the 1700s.

The ladies of the New Bern Woman’s Club welcomed everyone who entered the halls that were decked with Boughs of Holly and traditional Holiday decor.

Owners of the following homesteads were gracious enough to allow people to see their historical homes:

Homes on 2013 Tour

– Adolphus Franklin House, 511 Metcalf St., ca. 1890

– Cutting-Allen House, 518 New St., ca. 1793/1856

– Hanff House, 406 Hancock St., ca 1860

– Bradham Rental House, 220 Change St., ca 1905

– Coor-Gaston House, 421 Craven St., ca 1770/1850

– Albert Castet House, 817 Pollock St., ca 1915

– Sky Sail Condo Historic New Bern Waterfront, built on the historic site of the Market Docks, an original “Farmer’s Market”

My favorite aspect of this annual event is meeting the ladies of the New Bern Woman’s Club. The women have been serving our town for over 100 years – since 1905! They take time out of their busy schedules to make a difference in our community year round.

The elegant homes were a treasure to visit! I decided to make two videos. The featured video sheds the spotlight on the women who work year round to make a difference in our community. This video gives you more information about each home’s history and features:


A Special thank you goes out to the lovely ladies of the New Bern Woman’s Club for all of your hard work and dedication to helping those in need. We would also like to thank Mr. Campbell and Athena Maravelas for volunteering!

This special “Holly and Ivy” Holiday Homes Tour is only a small aspect of what they do to improve the lives of people in our community.

Did you know that the NBWC was instrumental in the development of the pavilion at Union Point Park? They have been responsible for hundreds of projects over the years.

They are a public service organization and are willing to do whatever it takes to make a difference in New Bern, NC!

You can make a difference and meet new people with like minds by contacting the New Bern Woman’s Club, at or call 252-514-2936.

About the New Bern Woman’s Club: Since its founding in 1905, the Club has had a rich tradition of service to New Bern and Craven County. From our first civic project of turning Un-ion Point from a city dump into a lovely park, NBWC members have tirelessly continued working to make our community a better place to live and visit. Most recently, the club sponsored the “Women in History” exhibit in the North Carolina History Center at Tryon Palace, highlighting the contributions of women from Eastern North Car-olina; some of whom were members of the NBWC. With an active membership of over 90 women, the club supports numerous charities and community service projects. Additionally, we award 4 college scholarships each year to promising young people from the community and celebrate the artistic and musical talents of our Craven County school students with an Annual Student Arts Festival held each January. The NBWC is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization.

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