One More Time!

New Bern Then and Now
Left: New Bern Iron Works Early 20th Century; Right: Same corner of Craven and South Front, now home of Nautical Wheelers

New Bern Then and Now Finale Set for September 27

All summer audiences clamored for Curator, Jim Hodges’ “New Bern Then and Now” presentation.  So, the New Bern Historical Society will host it one more time on September 27, this time with reserved seats. A 10-dollar ticket will assure you a seat at Cullman Hall in the North Carolina History Center for this this wildly popular presentation. Audiences have loved this lecture filled with photos and images from New Bern’s history.  Hodges explains many of the “Used to Be’s” in New Bern. Captain Ratty’s used to be Duffy’s Drug Store, Morgan’s used to be True Tread Tires, First Citizens Bank sits where used to be the Hotel Queen Anne.  He will reveal the past and current status of more than 30 New Bern landmarks in this finale presentation on September 27th at 6:30 pm at the Cullman Performance Hall at the North Carolina History Center.  Tickets are $10 and are available on line at, or by calling 252-638-8558.

Executive Director Mickey Miller explains, “We have been thrilled that so many people have enjoyed this program, but we regret having to turn away so many.  So, we decided to do it once more, a finale, but this time with reserved seating. Buying your $10 ticket guarantees that you’ll have a seat.”

Jim Hodges has scoured the New Bern Historical Society collection to share with you these wonderful images from our past.  In some cases, the buildings have been carefully renovated and saved in their original condition.  In others they have been saved and re-purposed, while sometimes they are simply lost.  In any case, you will be fascinated by these historic images.

Curator Jim Hodges was reared in New Bern, matriculated to University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, earning an undergraduate degree in Chemistry and a post graduate dental degree. After satisfying a military commitment and enjoying several years of international travel, Jim returned to New Bern and practiced dentistry until his retirement in 2012. His current life chapter involves his passion for New Bern and its rich history as a member of the Historical Society and the Tryon Palace Foundation Board of Directors.  As the volunteer Curator of the New Bern Historical Society he spends his days maintaining, conserving and finding ways to share the collection.

This program is sponsored by the New Bern Historical Society. The Historical Society’s mission is to celebrate and promote New Bern and its heritage through events and education.  Offices are located in the historic Attmore-Oliver House at 511 Broad Street in New Bern.  For more information, call 252-638-8558 or go or

Submitted by: Kathy Morrison, Public Relations, New Bern Historical Society