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Welcome to Downtown New Bern, NC

A Unique Blend Of Old And New

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A little about New Bern

The second oldest town in North Carolina, located at the confluence of two rivers, New Bern has become a popular destination for many visitors who enjoy its natural beauty, historic charm, and convenient location. In addition to its rich heritage, Mother Nature has been good to New Bern, providing the town with a mild four-season climate and offering boundless opportunities to enjoy the recreation and beauty found in the forests and on the waterways of Eastern North Carolina. Area golfers find many challenging courses, hikers enjoy the trails and facilities of a national forest, and boaters of all types are treated to year-round sailing, powerboating, paddling, fishing, and waterskiing. One of the highlights of a visit to New Bern is the restored home of the royal governor, Tryon Palace Historic Sites and Gardens, returned to its splendor in the 1950s. New Bern also showcases its history in the Firemen's Museum and the birthplace of Pepsi-Cola.

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The history of New Bern

Formerly an Indian town named Chattoka, New Bern was settled in 1710 as a Swiss immigrant settlement. They named the town after Bern, the capital of Switzerland. The Swiss connection with England was established by Marian exiles who went to the country. There were also marriages between the Royal House of Stuart and notable people in the history of Calvinism. New Bern is the second oldest town in North Carolina (after Bath).[citation needed] It served as the capital of the North Carolina colonial government and then briefly as the state capital. After the American Revolution, New Bern became wealthy and quickly developed a rich cultural life. At one time New Bern was called "the Athens of the South." Renowned in the South were the Masonic Temple and the Athens Theater, both still very active today.

Contact Information

Address:
316 S Front St
New Bern, North Carolina
28560

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Businesses in New Bern, North Carolina

Here is a collection of downtown New Bern, North Carolina businesses. Clicking on the thumbnail image, or the blue "View Member" will take you to that businesses page. We've included some jump links so that you can easily navigate to different categories of businesses. Those, can be found directly below as icons. Or, there is a list of categories in the menu bar.

 

Carolina Creations

Art

Fine Art & Contemporary Craft Gallery

 

Fine Art at Baxters'

Art

Showing regionally and nationally recognized artists

 

Hanna House Bed & Breakfast

Lodging

Renovated and furnished in the finest antiques

 

Harmony House Inn

Lodging

8,000 square feet of historic comfort

 

Meadows Inn

Lodging

Premier Bed & Breakfast in New Bern

 

Sail Inn

Lodging

A Simple Inn, Reflecting a Quieter Time

 

Accidental Artist

Museums / Attractions

A paint your own pottery workshop

 

Bear Hand Art Factory

Museums / Attractions

Promoting hands on art creation

 

Birthplace of Pepsi - The Pepsi Store

Museums / Attractions

The actual site where Pepsi-Cola was first invented

 

Tryon Palace

Museums / Attractions

Governors ruled, patriots gathered,and George Washington danced

 

247 Craven

Restaurants

Focusing on fresh, local ingredients

 

Bear Towne Java

Restaurants

Frash and simple breakfast, lunch and dinner

 

Cow Cafe

Restaurants

Unique little Ice Cream Shop and Diner

 

MJ's Raw Bar & Grill

Restaurants

Maryland style seafood

 

AtOmic Cycles Bicycle Shop

Shopping

Cycling Lifestyle Outpost

 

Calypso Cottage

Shopping

Upscale Coastal Lifestyle Store

 

One World Shoppe

Shopping

Clothing and accessories, disc golf gear, kites, just fun stuff

 

Peacock's Plume

Shopping

A trendy upscale boutique

 

Rosemary St. Clair Originals

Shopping

Custom-Made Designer and Art-To-Wear Clothing

 

Tom's Coins & Antiques

Shopping

Collectible coins and antiques

 

VashTi Lifestyle Clothing

Shopping

Lifestyle clothing for men and women