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History comes alive in New Bern

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A December 2001 trip to New Bern by Keener

CSS Neuse Photo, New Bern, North Carolina More Photos
Quote: New Bern is an historic town at the mouth of the Neuse River. Here you can find the Governor's mansion and yet another place where George Washington slept (he did get around!).

History comes alive in New Bern

Overview

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The place where Pepsi was first made Historic churches Governor's residence Fireman's Museum

Quick Tips:

Check out the sites on the internet, then decide if you want to spend money on seeing the real thing. (You probably will.) AAA gives discounts.

Best Way To Get Around:

Once you are downtown, walking is the best way to get around. Park at the Governor's Residence and walk from there. Walking tour maps are available from the information centre just across the street from the entrance.
Fairfield Harbour Photo, New Bern, North Carolina
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Best Things Nearby:Historic sitesBest Things About the Resort:Comfortable, nicely appointed, great landscaping.Resort Experience:The units face lovely ponds which attract ducks, geese, and heron. The resort is quiet in the winter but seldom has snow and the light skim of ice that sometimes forms on the ponds overnight doesn't last long. There is a marina and a pool with a hot tub. There is a weight room, video arcade and movie rentals. Our unit had laundry facilities, a whirlpool tub in a separate sun room and a full kitchen. Unit Type: 2 Bedroom Activities: Very Go...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 6, 2002

Fairfield Harbour
902 Coral Reef Drive
New Bern, North Carolina 28560
(252) 633-5500

CSS Neuse

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CSS Neuse Photo, New Bern, North Carolina
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The CSS Neuse was built on the river during the Civil War but never made it to sea. It was engaged in one battle and then scuttled to prevent it falling into enemy hands. There was a rumour that it held Confererate gold and the people who dug her out of the mud bank may have been looking for it. The keel and ribs of the ship are on display in a covered area near the river. It has been moved back from the river's edge as flooding caused damage to the ship and the museum. Relics, painings, and memorabilia are on display in the museam. A visit is a must for the Civil War buff and still interesting for everyone else. There is enough park area around it that the children can wear off some of their ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 6, 2002

CSS Neuse
2612 West Vernon Avenue
New Bern, North Carolina 28504
(252) 522-2091

Tryon Palace

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Tryon Palace Photo, New Bern, North Carolina
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Tryon Palace was built between 1767 and 1770 for Royal Governor William Tryon. He and his family lived there for just over a year until he was appointed governor of New York. Josiah Martin replaced him but fled in May 1775 when the Revolution broke out. His furnishings were auctioned off by the state government who installed their first four governors (Richard Caswell, Abner Nash, Alexander Martin, and Richard Dobbs Spaight)in the house. In April 1791, a dinner and dance were held there for President George Washington. When the State Capitol was moved to Raleigh in 1794 the house was rented as a Masonic Lodge, private school and a boarding house until 1798 when the house burned leaving only the ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 8, 2002

Tryon Palace
610 Pollock Street
New Bern, North Carolina 28562
(252) 514-4900

Stanly House

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Stanly House Photo, New Bern, North Carolina
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The John Wright Stanley House was built in the early 1780's. Mr. Stanley was a Revolutionary War patriot who was a leading ship owner, shipper and molasses distiller. President George Washington appointed him the first judge of the Maritime Court in North Carolina. In 1779, he and his wife died of yellow fever and the house remained empty until 1791 when his son, John Jr., moved in. While empty, the residents cleaned it up and furnished it with their own belongings so that President Washington could spend two nights there. He wrote in his diary that he enjoyed "exceeding good lodgings" while in New Bern. In 1802, John Jr. fought a duel which killed former governor Richard Dobbs Spaight. He had to ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 8, 2002

Stanly House
George Street
New Bern, North Carolina

Birthplace of Pepsi Cola

Attraction | "Pepsi"

Birthplace of Pepsi Cola Photo, New Bern, North Carolina
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Caleb Bradham invented Brad's Drink at his pharmacy in 1898. The name was changed to Pepsi, and, as they say, the rest is history. You can enjoy a glass of Pepsi while looking at the displays of old bottles and other memorabilia. Souvenirs are also on sale.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 8, 2002

Birthplace of Pepsi Cola
256 Middle Street
New Bern, North Carolina 28560
(252) 636-5898

Christ Episcopal Church

Attraction | "Christ Church"

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Christ Church began in 1711 when the Bishop of London took Calvinist and Lutheran settlers from New Bern into the Church of England. In 1715 the Colonial Assembly divided North Carolina into parishes with Craven being the "Neuse River and branches thereof". A church was finally completed in 1750. In 1752, the parish was sent special gifts from King George II. A five-piece set of communion silver (chalice, paten, two large flagons, and an offering basin), a large Book of Common Prayer, and a Bible printed at Oxford in 1717 were all inscribed with the Royal Arms of Great Britain. The communion set is still in regular use and the books are on display. The yellow fever epidemic in 1798-99 killed so many...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 8, 2002

Christ Episcopal Church
320 Pollock Street
New Bern, North Carolina 28560
(252) 633-2109