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Founded in 1710, New Bern was settled by Swiss and German adventurers led by Baron Christopher de Graffenried from Bern, Switzerland. Royal Governor William Tryon made this seaport the colonial capitol. His restored 18th-century capitol and residence, Tryon Palace, dominates a thirteen-acre garden complex that includes several historical landmarks in the heart of the city.


New Bern is the second oldest town in North Carolina and served as the capital of the North Carolina colonial government and then briefly as the state capital. Located on the confluence of the Trent and Neuse Rivers, New Bern is commonly known as the birthplace of Pepsi Cola.


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.

For more information on the 300 year history of New Bern click here. 

For complete information on where to
stay, dine, shop and have fun in New Bern:

Download the Visitors Guide here.