New Bern, North Carolina


New Bern, formerly called Newbern, is a
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it had a population of 29,524, which had risen to an estimated 29,994 as of 2019. It is the
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of Craven County and the principal city of the
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. It is located at the confluence of the Neuse and the Trent rivers, near the North Carolina coast. It lies east of
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, north of
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, and south of
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. New Bern is the birthplace of
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. New Bern was founded in October 1710 by the Palatines and
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under the leadership of Christoph von Graffenried. The new colonists named their settlement after
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, the Swiss region from which many of the colonists and their
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had emigrated. The English connection with Switzerland had been established by some
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who sought refuge in
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parts of Switzerland. There were also marriages between the
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and notable people in the history of
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. The colonists later discovered they had started their settlement on the site of a former Tuscarora village named Chattoka. This caused conflicts with the Tuscaroras who were in the area. New Bern is the second-oldest European settled colonial town in North Carolina, after
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. It served as the capital of North Carolina from 1770 to 1792. After the
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(1775–1783), New Bern became wealthy and quickly developed a rich cultural life. At one time New Bern was called "the Athens of the South," renowned for its
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and Athens Theater. These are both still very active today. New Bern has four historic districts listed on the
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; their numerous contributing buildings include residences, stores and churches dating back to the early eighteenth century. Within walking distance of the waterfront are more than 164 homes and buildings listed on the National Register. Also nearby are several bed and breakfasts, hotels, restaurants, banks, antiques stores and specialty shops. The historic districts contain many of the city's 2,000 crape myrtles—its official flower—and developed gardens. New Bern has two "Local Historic Districts", a municipal zoning overlay that affords legal protection to the exteriors of New Bern's historic structures.


Varying complex cultures of
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had lived along the waterways of North Carolina for thousands of years before Europeans arrived in the area. The Tuscarora, an
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-speaking people, had migrated south from the
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area at some ancient time and occupied the area for several hundred years before the first Europeans arrived. The Tuscarora had a village called ''Chattoka'' at the confluence of the rivers. They resisted encroachment by the Europeans, resulting in the
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(1711–1715). New Bern was settled in October 1710 by the Palatines and Swiss under the leadership of the Christoph von Graffenried. The new colonists named their settlement after the Canton of Bern, home state of their patron. Bernberg had the of the town laid out in the shape of a cross, though later development and additional streets have obscured this pattern within the regular
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. The British governor’s palace (present-day
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) served as the capitol of North Carolina from 1770 until the state government relocated to Raleigh in 1792, after a fire had destroyed much of the capitol. This became the first permanent
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of North Carolina. During the 19th-century Federal period, New Bern became the largest city in North Carolina, developed on the trade of goods and slaves associated with plantation agriculture. After Raleigh was named the state capital, New Bern rebuilt its economy by expanding on trade via shipping routes to the
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. It was part of the
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in sugar, slaves, and desired goods. It reached a population of 3,600 in 1815. In 1862 during the early stages of the
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, the area was the site of the Battle of New Bern.
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forces captured and occupied the town until the end of the war in 1865. Nearly 10,000 enslaved blacks escaped during this period in the region and went to the
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) camps for protection and freedom. The Union Army set up the Trent River
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camp at New Bern to house the refugees. It organized the adults for work. Missionaries came to teach literacy to both adults and children. After the January 1863
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, slaves within the
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were declared free, but not those in the United States. His order carefully limited the Proclamation to those areas in insurrection, where civil government was not respected and his military authority, therefore, applied. Because of this proclamation, more
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came to the Trent River camp for protection. The Union Army appointed Horace James, a
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chaplain from
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, as the "Superintendent of Negro Affairs for the North Carolina District""The Roanoke Island Freedmen's Colony"
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on behalf of the
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. In addition to the Trent River camp, James supervised development of the offshore Roanoke Island Freedmen's Colony, which was intended to be self-supporting.Click, Patricia C. "The Roanoke Island Freedmen's Colony"
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Beginning in 1863, a total of nearly 4,000 freedmen from North Carolina enlisted in the U.S. Colored Troops to fight with the Union Army for their permanent freedom, including 150 men from the colony on
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. Due to the continuous occupation by the Union Army, New Bern avoided some of the destruction of the war years. There was much social disruption because of the occupation and the thousands of freedmen camped near the city. Still, it recovered more quickly than many cities after the war. By the 1870s the lumber industry was developing as the chief part of New Bern's economy. Timber harvested could be sent downriver by the two nearby rivers. The city continued to be a center for freedmen, who created communities independent of white supervision: thriving churches, fraternal associations, and their own businesses. By 1877 the city had a majority-black population. The state legislature defined the city and county as part of
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which, as former plantation territory, held a concentration of the state's black residents. They elected four blacks to the US Congress in the late 19th century. The state's passage of a constitutional suffrage amendment in 1900 used various devices to
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black citizens. As a result, they were totally closed out of the political process, including participation on juries and in local offices; white Democrats maintained this suppression mostly, until after passage of federal civil rights legislation, including the
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, which provided for federal enforcement of constitutional rights. By 1890 New Bern had become the largest lumber center in North Carolina and one of the largest in all of the South. During this time, as many as 16 lumber mills were running and employing hundreds of men from New Bern and the area. The competitive nature of the lumber barons, the abundance of lumber and craftsmen, led to the construction in New Bern of some of the finest homes in the South, many of which have survived. The lumber boom lasted until the 1920s. One by one the lumber mills went out of business. Today only
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manufactures lumber in the area. The city has four National Historic Districts and two local ones, which have helped preserve the character of the architecture. The Downtown Local Historic District is or ; the Riverside Local Historic District covers or . Union Point Park borders the Neuse and Trent rivers. It is the site of the city's major celebrations, such as Neuse River Days and the Fourth of July. Since 1979 the Swiss Bear Downtown Revitalization Corporation has worked to redevelop downtown; it has stimulated the creation of art galleries, specialty shops, antiques stores, restaurants and inns. This area has become a social and cultural hub. James Reed Lane is a downtown mini-park and pedestrian walk-through on Pollock Street across from historic Christ Church. Private restoration efforts have returned many of the downtown buildings to their turn-of-the-twentieth-century elegance. In 2005, a segment of
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'' noted that New Bern was one of the best places in the United States to retire. Retirees from the northern states have added to its population.


New Bern's location near the Atlantic coast makes it subject to the effects of
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s. For example, in the 18th century the town suffered severe damage in the Great Chesapeake Bay Hurricane of 1769.Hand, Bill (31 July 2016)
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Other hurricanes such as Hurricane Ione in 1955 and
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in 1999 (just as examples) have also caused significant flooding and damage.Hand, Bill (17 September 2017)
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In September 2018,
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made landfall in the United States just south of Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, 88.4 miles southwest of New Bern. A storm surge up to 13.5 feet in addition to days of heavy rains severely flooded various parts of the town. ational Hurricane Center Storm Surge Inundation Map, Sept 13, 2018

National Register of Historic Places

The following are listed on the
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. * Attmore-Oliver House * J.T. Barber School * Baxter Clock * Bellair * Blades House * Bryan House and Office * Cedar Grove Cemetery (New Bern, North Carolina), Cedar Grove Cemetery * Cedar Street Recreation Center * Centenary Methodist Church (New Bern, North Carolina), Centenary Methodist Church * Central Elementary School (New Bern, North Carolina), Central Elementary School * Christ Episcopal Church and Parish House (New Bern, North Carolina), Christ Episcopal Church and Parish House * Coor-Bishop House, Coor-Gaston House * Craven Terrace * DeGraffenried Park Historic District * Ebenezer Presbyterian Church (New Bern, North Carolina), Ebenezer Presbyterian Church * First Baptist Church (New Bern, North Carolina), First Baptist Church * First Church of Christ, Scientist (New Bern, North Carolina), First Church of Christ, Scientist * First Missionary Baptist Church (New Bern, North Carolina), First Missionary Baptist Church * First Presbyterian Church and Churchyard * Ghent Historic District (New Bern, North Carolina), Ghent Historic District * Gull Harbor (New Bern, North Carolina), Gull Harbor * Harvey Mansion * Hawks House * William Hollister House * Thomas Jerkins House * Jerkins-Duffy House * Jones-Jarvis House * Ulysses S. Mace House * Masonic Temple and Theater * Mount Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church * New Bern Battlefield Site * New Bern Historic District * New Bern Municipal Building * New Bern National Cemetery * Rhem-Waldrop House * Riverside Historic District (New Bern, North Carolina), Riverside Historic District * Rue Chapel AME Church * Slover-Bradham House * Eli Smallwood House * Isaac H. Smith, Jr., House * Benjamin Smith House (New Bern, North Carolina), Benjamin Smith House * Smith-Whitford House * St. John's Missionary Baptist Church * St. Paul's Roman Catholic Church (New Bern, North Carolina), St. Paul's Roman Catholic Church * St. Peter's AME Zion Church * Edward R. Stanly House * John Wright Stanly House * Stevenson House (New Bern, North Carolina), Stevenson House * Isaac Taylor House * Tisdale-Jones House * York-Gordon House


The United States Census Bureau considers New Bern to be centered at (35.109070, −77.069111). It is sited at the junction of the Trent and Neuse rivers, two tidal waterways. U.S. Route 70 and U.S. Route 17 pass through the city, merging briefly as a four-lane controlled-access highway, expressway passing south of the city center. US 70 leads west to Kinston, North Carolina, Kinston and southeast to Morehead City, North Carolina, Morehead City near the Atlantic Ocean. Raleigh, the state capital, is west via US 70. US 17 leads southwest to Jacksonville, North Carolina, and crosses the Neuse River on a new bridge to lead north to Washington, North Carolina. New Bern is located in North Carolina's Inner Banks region. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of , of which is land and , or 4.87%, is water.


New Bern experiences a humid subtropical climate typical of the Atlantic coastal plain. Summers are hot and humid, with frequent afternoon thunderstorms that account for much of the higher summer precipitation. Spring and fall are generally mild, with fall foliage occurring from late October to early November. Winters are relatively mild and drier than the remainder of the year, with infrequent snowfall.


Coastal Carolina Regional Airport is a public airport located south of the central business district of New Bern. The airport offers connecting flights to the Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Atlanta and Charlotte Douglas International Airport, Charlotte airports daily. The New Bern Transport Corporation, a business entity owned by PepsiCo to manage its fleet of delivery trucks and other motor vehicles, is located in White Plains, New York, but was named after the town where Pepsi-Cola was first developed. The north-south U.S. Route 17 and the east-west U.S. Route 70 pass through New Bern. As late as 1950, the Atlantic and East Carolina Railway offered passenger train service through New Bern to Morehead City to the east, by the Atlantic coast and to Goldsboro, where timed connections could be made with the Southern Railway (U.S.), Southern Railway's trains to central and western North Carolina. Service was terminated by the end of 1951.


2020 census

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 31,291 people, 13,757 households, and 8,070 families residing in the city.


The population of the area was 30,291 (95% urban, 5% rural) people in 2014, a 31% increase in growth since 2000. Gender distribution is 47.5% male and 52.5% female with a median resident age of 38.8. The percentage of residents under the age of 18 was 24.2%. The 2012 racial breakdown includes White alone – 16,304 (54%), Black alone – 9,634 (31.9%), Asian American, Asian alone – 1,844 (6.1%), Hispanic – 1,626 (5.4%), Two or more races – 747 (2.5%), American Indian alone – 50 (0.2%) and Other race alone – 13 (0.04%). The median income for a household in the city in 2015 was $41,285. The City of New Bern 2010 Census information shows the population of the area was approximately 29,524 people. From 2000 to 2010, the New Bern city population growth percentage was 27.7% (or from 23,128 people to 29,524 people). 22.8% of the New Bern city residents were under 18 years of age. Census 2010 race data for New Bern city include the racial breakdown percentages of 57.0 white, 32.8% black, 3.6% Asian, 5.8% Hispanic and less than 1% Indigenous peoples of the Americas, Native American, Also, there were 14,471 housing units in the City of New Bern, 88.2% of which were occupied housing units.



* Craven Community College * University of Mount Olive, University of Mount Olive at New Bern

High schools

* New Bern High School * Craven Early College High School * Epiphany School

Middle schools

* Grover C. Fields Middle School * H.J. McDonald Middle School * West Craven Middle School

Elementary schools

* Trent Park Elementary School * Oaks Road Elementary School * J.T. Barber Elementary School * Brinson Memorial Elementary School * Ben D. Quinn Elementary School * Albert H. Bangert Elementary School * Creekside Elementary School * Bridgeton Elementary School

Private schools

* Calvary Baptist Christian School * St. Paul Catholic School (St. Paul Education Center) * The Epiphany School of Global Studies * New Bern Christian Academy

Radio stations

* 1450 AM / 104.3 FM WNOS – News/Talk/Sports * 1490 AM / 103.9 FM WWNB - ESPN Radio – sports talk * 88.5 FM WZNB - Public Radio East – Classical Music * 89.3 FM WTEB - Public Radio East – NPR/News/Talk * 89.9 FM W210BS - Classical WCPE * 92.7 FM WBNK - K-Love - Christian Contemporary * 91.9 FM WAAE - American Family Radio – Religious * 93.3 FM WERO - Bob 93.3 - Top 40 * 94.1 FM WNBU - Talk * 95.1 FM WRNS-FM, WRNS - Country * 95.7 FM W239BC - R&B Oldies * 97.9 FM WNBB – Classic Country * 98.3 FM WLGT - The Bridge – Contemporary Christian * 99.5 FM WXNR – Hot FM – Top 40 * 99.9 FM WTTY-LP - Oldies * 101.9 FM WIKS - Kiss FM – Hip Hop & R&B * 103.3 FM WMGV - V103.3 - Soft AC * 104.5 FM WSTK - Variety * 105.1 FM WHAR - Air 1 - Christian Contemporary * 105.5 FM WXQR – Pure Rock * 107.9 FM WNCT-FM, WNCT – Classic Hits * 106.5 FM WSFL-FM, WSFL – Classic Rock * 107.1 FM WTKF-FM – The Talk Station

In popular culture

* Jules Verne's 1896 novel Facing the Flag, ''Face au Drapeau'' (''Facing the Flag'') featured New Bern as the place where one of that story's main characters is committed to an asylum by the U.S. government. * Nicholas Sparks set three of his novels (''The Notebook and The Wedding (novel), The Notebook'', ''A Bend in the Road'', and ''The Return (Sparks novel), The Return'') in the city.

Notable people

* Charles Laban Abernethy (1872–1955), US Congressman from North Carolina between 1922 and 1935 * Lewis Addison Armistead (1817–1863), Confederate States Army general * Shawn Armstrong (born 1990), MLB pitcher * George Edmund Badger (1795–1866), US Senator from 1846 to 1855 * Bessie Banks (born 1938) Singer, Original singer of the song "Go Now" * Graham Arthur Barden (1896–1967), 13-term United States House of Representatives, US congressman from 1935 to 1961 * Cullen A. Battle (1829–1905), postbellum mayor of New Bern * Samuel J. Battle (1883–1966), first African-American policeman in New York City * Walt Bellamy (1939–2013), NBA Hall of Fame basketball player * Christoph von Graffenried, 1st Baron of Bernberg, Baron of Bernberg (1661–1743), British Peerages in the United Kingdom, peer from the Canton of Bern, who founded New Bern in 1710 * Caleb Bradham (1867–1934), pharmacist, best known as inventor of
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* John Heritage Bryan (1798–1870), US congressman from 1825 to 1829 * Chase Crawford (born 1996), actor and producer * Gary Downs (born 1972), NFL player for the New York Giants, Atlanta Falcons, Denver Broncos; current college football coach * Davon Drew (born 1985), NFL tight end * Elwood Edwards (born 1949), voice of AOL's "You've got mail" * William Gaston (1778–1834), jurist and US congressman from 1813 to 1817 * Montario Hardesty (born 1987), NFL running back for Cleveland Browns * Nathan Healy (basketball), Nathan Healy (born 1990), professional basketball player * William J. Hutchins (1813–1884), mercantilist, railroad owner, and Mayor of Houston from 1861 to 1862 * Donna Hutchinson (born 1949), former member of Arkansas House of Representatives, born in New Bern * Jumpin Jackie Jackson 1940-2019, Harlem Globetrotter basketball player * George Koonce (born 1968), NFL player for Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks; Athletic Director of University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee * Valentina Lisitsa (born 1973), concert pianist * Peter Loftin (1958–2019), entrepreneur * Bob Mann (American football), Bob Mann (1924–2006), NFL player; first African American to play for Detroit Lions and later Green Bay Packers * Aaron Martin (American football), Aaron Martin (born 1941), former NFL player for Los Angeles Rams, Philadelphia Eagles, and Washington Redskins * Eliza Jane McKissack (1828–1900), director and founding member of Conservatory of Music at University of North Texas * Linda McMahon (born 1948), 25th administrator of the Small Business Administration and former CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment * Michael R. Morgan (born 1955), African American justice of the Supreme Court of North Carolina * Dan Neil (journalist), Dan Neil (born 1960), Pulitzer Prize-winning automotive journalist * Bob Perry (baseball), Bob Perry (1934–2017), MLB outfielderBob Perry Stats
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* James E.C. Perry (born 1944), justice of Supreme Court of Florida * Teddy Shapou (1919–1985), Flying Tiger during World War II * Brian Simmons (born 1975), NFL player for Cincinnati Bengals and New Orleans Saints * William Henry Singleton (1843–1938), former slave who became noted
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in 1862 * Fabius Maximus Stanly (1815–1882), rear admiral of U.S. Navy, namesake of WWII destroyer USS Stanly (DD-478), USS ''Stanly'' (DD-478) * John Stanly (1774–1834), father of Edward Stanly, congressman (1801–1803 and 1809–1811) * Sean Strickland (born 1991), Mixed Martial Arts, MMA fighter, currently competing in the Middleweight (MMA), middleweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, UFC as of August 2021 * Adam Warren (baseball), Adam Warren (born 1987), MLB pitcher * George Henry White (1852–1918), attorney, banker, last of four African-American congressmen from North Carolina in the 19th century; next was not elected until 1992 * Kevin Meade Williamson (born 1966), screenwriter, involved with ''Scream (1996 film), Scream'', ''I Know What You Did Last Summer'', and television series ''Dawson's Creek'' * Bayard Wootten (1875–1959), photographer and suffragette


Further reading

* Browning, Judkin. ''Shifting Loyalties: The Union Occupation of Eastern North Carolina'' (Univ of North Carolina Press, 2011). focus on Craven County * Farmer, Vina Hutchinson. ''New Bern'' (Arcadia Publishing, 2007). * Kinsey, Marissa N. "Beyond the Vale: Visualizing Slavery in Craven County, North Carolina." (2017)
* * Watson, Alan D. ''A History of New Bern and Craven County'' (Tryon Palace Commission, 1987).

External links

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New Bern Convention and Visitors Bureau

New Bern-Craven County Public Library

''New Bern Sun Journal''
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