New Bern was settled by Swiss and German adventurers led by Baron Christopher de Graffenried from Bern, Switzerland and founded in 1710 at the confluence of the Trent and Neuse rivers,. New Bern is the second oldest town in the state. Royal Governor William Tryon made this seaport his colonial capitol and residence, Tryon Palace, was built in 1770.
A major port and trading center in the 1800's, New Bern was captured and occupied by the Union Army after a fierce battle on March 14, 1862.
New Bern has three historic districts with homes, stores, and churches dating as far back as the early 18th century. In fact, there are 36 individual listings and more than 150 sites included in the National Register of Historic Places. History abounds around every corner, with over 150 landmarks -some dating to the 18th century- representing a variety of architectural periods.
New Bern has grown to over lots of shopping, restaurants, and excellent healthcare. Currently, Craven Regional Medical Center is expanding to accommodate the increase in population that has been seen over the past years.
There are also several fine museums. The Firemen's Museum has restored equipment and displays honoring more than two centuries of firefighters. The New Bern Academy, built circa 1806, is the oldest chartered school in the state and is now a museum that houses artifacts that focus on education, architecture, and the Civil War.
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