Tryon Palace marks the landmark for North Carolina’s first Capitol Building. The Palace was built for Governor Tryon in 1770 and the Capitol was later relocated to Raleigh in 1778.
Besides being the First State Capitol in North Carolina, New Bern is a town full of history. Here are a few of numerous historical events:
- James Davis opened the First Printing Press in North Carolina
- Pepsi was invented in New Bern by Caleb Bradham
- First Public School in North Carolina
- First Chartered Fire Department in North Carolina
- New Bern’s Devastating Fire of 1922
The North Carolina History Center is currently offering Virtual Tours until they reopen.
Learn about the 1862 “Battle of New Bern” by visiting New Bern’s Civil War Battlefield located at the entrance of Taberna (off Hwy 70 E). For details, contact New Bern Historical Society, 512 Pollock St., New Bern, 252-638-8558.
New Bern showcases buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places dating back to the 1700s. The Isaac Taylor House was built in 1792 by Isaac Taylor, the great-great-great-grandfather of musicians Livingston and James Taylor. Union troops arrived in New Bern in 1862 and took hold of the house. The occupants withdrew to the third and fourth floors and remained there for the duration of the war, using a basket with bracket-and-pulley system to transport food and supplies. You can still see the device on the south side of the building.
New Bern’s Historical Homes are well worth the visit to New Bern! Why not stay at one of the “Historical” Bed and Breakfast and experience the history yourself!
New Bern’s Historic Landmarks:
- Tryon Palace Historic Sites and Gardens, 610 Pollock St., New Bern, 252-514-4900 or 800-767-1560
- Bellair Plantation, 1100 Washington Post Rd., New Bern, 252-637-3913
- Birthplace of Pepsi, 256 Middle St., New Bern, 252-636-5898
- Cedar Grove Cemetery, George St., Greenwood Cemetery, Cyprus St., and New Bern Cemetery, New Bern, 252-639-7515
- Centenary United Methodist Church, 309 New St., New Bern, 252-637-4181
- Christ Episcopal Church and Cemetery, 320 Pollock St., New Bern, 252-633-2109
- City Hall, 300 Pollock St., New Bern, 252-636-4000
- First Baptist Church, 239 Middle St., New Bern, 252-638-5691
- First Church of Christ, 406 Middle St., New Bern, 252-638-6269
- First Presbyterian Church, 418 New St., New Bern, 252-637-3270
- Hebrew Cemetery, National Ave., New Bern
- Isaac Taylor House, 228 Craven St., New Bern, 252-649-1712
- New Bern National Cemetery, 1711 National Ave, New Bern, 252-637-2912
- Saint Cyprian’s Episcopal Church, 604 Johnson St., New Bern, 252-633-3816
- Saint Paul’s Roman Catholic Church, 510 Middle St., New Bern
- Saint Peter’s African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, 604 Johnson St., New Bern, 252-633-3816
- Temple B’Nai Sholem Synagogue, 505 Middle St., New Bern, 252-638-4545
- Attmore-Oliver Civil War House Museum, 510 Pollock St., New Bern, 252-638-8558
- New Bern Fireman’s Museum, 408 Hancock St., New Bern, 252-636-4087
- New Bern Academy Museum, located at the corner of New and Hancock Sts.
- USMC Aviation Exhibit, 201 Tourist Center Drive, Havelock, 252-444-4348
- New Bern Tours and Convention Services, 333 Middle St., New Bern, 252-637-7316 or 800-849-7316
- Walking Tours, Tryon Palace, Corner of Pollock and George Sts., New Bern, 252-514-4900 or 800-767-1560
- Self-Guided African American Heritage Tour sponsored by the Craven County Convention and Visitors Center, 252-637-9400
- Trail of Flames Historical Tour of the Great Fire of 1922, New Bern, 252-288-5716
New Bern’s Historical Resources:
- New Bern Historical Society, 512 Pollock St., New Bern, 252-638-8558
- The National Register of Historic Places for a complete listing of historic landmarks in New Bern.
Note: If you notice important historical facts about New Bern that have been left out, please send an Email and they will be added.
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