New Bern’s History

Learn about 300+ years of history in New Bern, North Carolina!

Citizens Bank

New Bern Then and Now Returns

Historical Society’s Popular Presentation Goes Online July 8 New Bern, NC – Stories and reminiscences of New Bern’s “used to be”. Captain Ratty’s used to be Duffy’s Drug Store; First Citizens Bank sits where used to be the Hotel Queen Anne. New Bern Then and Now by New Bern Historical Society Curator, Jim Hodges, chock …

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NBPF First Place Exterior

The Nine Prize-Winning Photos 2020 Historic Home Photo Contest Winners in Three Categories

New Bern, NC – Winners have been selected for the 2020 Historic Home Photo Contest. Judges in the 2020 Historic Home Photo Contest today announced the winners. The New Bern Preservation Foundation, with sponsorships from Tryon Palace and ASAP Photo of Greenville, awarded First, Second, and Third Place prizes to entries in the Exterior Shot, …

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Latham Garden

Tryon Palace Opens Its Gardens for Visitors

New Bern, NC – Tryon Palace will open its Gates to the public to visit the gardens on June 2 with some new procedures in place to help ensure the safety of staff and visitors, including: Limited occupancy. Installing hand sanitizer stations and increasing the frequency of cleaning high touch public areas and restrooms. Installing protective …

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Governor and Mrs. Max O. Gardner

Historical Society Celebrates 97 Years

New Bern, NC – Not many folks are around to remember 1923.  Calvin Coolidge was sworn in as President following the death of Warren G. Harding.  Time Magazine was launched and Hollywood produced The Ten Commandments.  King Tut’s burial chamber was opened in Egypt while Mt. Aetna erupted in Sicily.  Here in New Bern we …

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New Bern King Solomon Lodge BEFORE

New Bern Preservation Foundation partners with King Solomon’s Lodge #1

A quiet non-profit in town, the New Bern Preservation Foundation, has been quite busy, working in a partnership with the leadership of King Solomon’s Lodge #1, the first African American Masonic Lodge in North Carolina, and one of the first South of the Mason Dixon Line. KSL #1 is operating in a structure completed in …

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Attmore-Oliver House

New Bern Historical Society Events Cancelled/Postponed

NEW BERN, NC – With the health and welfare of all of our community in mind, and in light of the Governor’s Executive Order and the guidelines set by the CDC regarding the Corona Virus, The New Bern Historical Society is cancelling its upcoming April events.  In each case, we are working to re-schedule later …

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Tryon Palace

COVID-19 Update: Tryon Palace Closed to Public

New Bern, N.C. – In accordance with Governor Roy Cooper’s Executive Order 117, and to help limit the spread of COVID-19, Tryon Palace will suspend public operations beginning Mar. 17. All events and programs are cancelled during this time. Until we reopen, we invite you to visit us online at www.tryonpalace.org or through social media. …

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Dudley Marchi

Historical Society Adds Presentation of French Lost Colony – April 7

New Bern, NC – The New Bern Historical Society’s April 8 Lunch & Learn sold out super early, but speaker, Dr. Dudley Marchi, has graciously agreed to do a second presentation. He’ll discuss “The French Lost Colony in Eastern North Carolina” on Tuesday, April 7 at 6:30 p.m. at the North Carolina History Center. Prepaid …

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