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Civil War Weekend

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

Museums:

  • 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

Tours:

  • 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:

Please call ahead as they may be temporarily closed due to COVID-19.

Note: If you notice important historical facts about New Bern that have been left out, please send an Email and they will be added.

New Bern Women

March with Women of New Bern’s History

March 4, 2021

New Bern Historical Society Celebrates Women’s History Month A soldier, a doctor, a photographer, a social activist, a groundbreaking nurse. These and many other amazing women called New Bern home. The New Bern Historical Society invites you to meet these ladies online as we celebrate March as Women’s History Month. The first group, we’ve called Ordinary Women, Extraordinary Deeds. They can be found at NewBernHistorical.org/virtual-programs. Celebrate the accomplishments of New Bern’s history makers with a virtual visit from five remarkable women. From the 19th and 20th centuries and varied walks of life, these women will share their inspiring stories in […]

ABC Sale

Mini ABC Sale Features Curated Selection

February 24, 2021

Revamped Attic, Basement, Closet Sale Goes Open Air on Two Days, March 13 & 27 The New Bern Historical Society has reshaped their ABC (Attic, Basement, Closet) Yard sale and will offer a curated array of carefully selected antiques, furniture, collectibles, and art on two Saturdays, March 13 and March 27 from 10 am to 3pm.  These special pieces will be displayed at the New Bern Battlefield Park Pavilion, an open-air facility, at 300 Battlefield Trail at the entrance to the Taberna subdivision.  This Mini-ABC Sale has been pared down to just 6 departments: Antiques, Art, Collectibles, Furniture, Jewelry, Tools/Outdoors. […]

Tryon Palace

Tryon Palace Commission Hosts a Blood Drive

February 22, 2021

In collaboration with The Blood Connection, the Tryon Palace Commission is hosting a blood drive on Thursday, February 25th, at The North Carolina History Center. The blood-drive will be held indoors in Lawson’s Landing (next to the Museum Store) from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Each life-saving blood donation from this event not only supports those in need but will raise $20 for the Tryon Palace Foundation. The Foundation supports Tryon Palace’s programming, education, and restoration needs. The $20 raised from your blood donation will help the Foundation sustain these important programs. To sign up for the blood drive and schedule […]

Wedding Pop-up Event by Caitlin Gregory Photography

Wedding Pop-up Event at Tryon Palace for Couples Tying the Knot

February 12, 2021

Did Cupid bring you a ring for Valentine’s Day?  If you are planning a wedding in the near future Tryon Palace is hosting a Pop-up Wedding Planning Event to ease your planning anxieties. Today’s restrictions and guidelines have not made wedding planning easy, and Tryon Palace’s wedding planners and event manager want to help you through this process. On February 21, from 11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Tryon Palace is hosting a Wedding Pop-Up Show, where couples can discuss their wedding ideas and plans with some of our recommended vendors, tour the venues and Gardens, and mark off a few items on the planning checklist. Vendors will be staged in […]

Nelson McDaniel

Historian Nelson McDaniel to Present Online

February 4, 2021

Voices in the Cause of Freedom Available February 24 When the PBS folks want somebody with the knowledge of not only the history of New Bern, but also the stories of the people, who do they call? Native New Bernian, Nelson McDaniel, of course! Naturally, the New Bern Historical Society also turns to Nelson who will present Voices in the Cause of Freedom, released on-line on February 24, 2021 at NewBernHistorical.org/virtual-programs. This is a free presentation. “People of New Bern have contributed greatly to the creation and improvement of the United States and the cause of freedom for 300 years,” […]

Kimberly Cusack. Mary Parrish

Historical Society Now Accepting Marks Scholar Applications

January 15, 2021

Deadline March 26, 2021 The New Bern Historical Society is currently accepting applications for its Harriet Marks Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded to a senior graduating from New Bern High School for the purpose of obtaining higher education at an accredited college, university, or institution of higher learning. Renewable for three succeeding years as long as academic standards are maintained, the scholarship provides financial assistance to a deserving senior based on equal weight of scholarship and financial need. The Marks Scholarship was established by a trust estate created in 1968 under the terms of the will of Miss Harriet Marks […]

Tryon Palace

Free Community Internet Access available at Tryon Palace’s Eden Street Parking Lot

January 11, 2021

Tryon Palace and the North Carolina History Center has been chosen as one of the many sites across the state to provide free internet access to the community.  A new high-speed WiFi device was recently installed at Tryon Palace’s Eden Street Parking Lot as part of the state’s NC Student Connect Park and Learn program to help our neighbors and local students connect to the internet. The initiative is a partnership between the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources and Gov. Cooper’s Hometown Strong program designed to address internet connectivity gaps in rural N.C. The project is expected to reach as many […]

Marine Wing Communications Squadron 28

Marines Tour New Bern Battlefield Park

December 11, 2020

Twenty-two members of Marine Wing Communications Squadron – 28 from Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point took a guided tour of the New Bern Battlefield Park on December 4, 2020 to learn about New Bern’s role in its first major engagement in the Civil War. The unit, known as the Spartans, viewed the fighting positions in the park while hearing tour guide Jon Miller describe how the battle unfolded. The tour was organized by Chief Warrant Officer 3 Christopher Margoupis and the group was led by the squadron commander Lieutenant Colonel Christopher Tsirlis. Battlefield Park Site manager, Jon Miller invites […]

Holiday Cheer at Tryon Palace

Tryon Palace Event “Holiday Cheer” is Canceled

December 8, 2020

To protect the health and safety of staff and visitors, Tryon Palace is canceling the upcoming Holiday Cheer event, originally scheduled for Dec. 12 and 19, due to the recent increase in COVID-19 cases in North Carolina. Tryon Palace will welcome the holiday season and the coming New Year with a black-powder fireworks display from the South Lawn, on Saturday, Dec. 19 at 7 p.m. All are welcome to come view the fireworks from the safety of your car. Parking is available at the Eden Street and North Carolina History Center parking lots, or from the streets surrounding the Palace. The street […]

Giving Tuesday - Tryon Palace

Tryon Palace Participates in Local and Global Giving Tuesday Efforts

November 27, 2020

Giving Tuesday looks a little different this year, and Tryon Palace is on board for this unique approach to this special day when we are called to make a gift to causes near and dear to their hearts. Tryon Palace is participating in the global Giving Tuesday initiative and local Giving Tuesday events. All Giving Tuesday efforts will be available online and on social media platforms at tryonpalace.org/donate-now, instagram.com/tryonpalace and facebook.com/tryonpalace. Patrons’ support will go towards Tryon Palace’s continued efforts in preserving historic collection pieces, supporting their mission to connect all generations to North Carolina History. Please show your support of Tryon Palace’s mission and work on […]