New Bern, NC is a located in Craven County. It has a population of over 30,000 people. New Bern is located at the confluence of the Trent River and the Neuse River. This town is just a short drive to the NC coast.
New Bern is also known for being the birthplace of Pepsi Cola. New Bern was settled in 1710 by the Swiss and Palatine German immigrants and is the second oldest European-American colonial town in North Carolina. It was named after the capital of Switzerland. It was later discovered that New Bern was the former site of the Tuscarora village which was named Chattoka. This did cause conflicts with the Tuscaroras who were already in the area. At one time New Bern was the capital of North Carolina. After the American Revolution, New Bern acquired wealth and a rich cultural life. It was even nicknamed “the Athens of the South,” being known for the Masonic Temple and Athens Theater, which are both still being very active today.
The National Register of Historic Places, has for historic districts listed for New Bern. There are churches, stores, homes and buildings that date back to the early eighteenth century located here. The beautiful waterfront in New Bern is within walking distance of more than 160 homes and buildings that are listed on the register. This area also has bed and breakfasts, hotels, restaurants, banks, specialty stores and antique stores. The official flower for New Bern, is the Crape Myrtle and the historic district has over 2000 of these to enjoy.
Some of the landmarks to see in New Bern are Tryon Palace, which is a replica of the mansion built in the late 1760’s for the Royal Governor of the Province of NC. It was seized in 1775 by rebel troops, the birthplace of Pepsi, the battlefield tour from the 1862 Civil War and the convention center as well as the Firemen’s Museum. There are also several art galleries to visit. There are tours offered in New Bern that include sailing, tugboat, pontoon boat tours, kayaking, day tours and ghost tours.
New Bern is also known for its fabulous restaurants and farmers market which is open all year.