“Travel is more than having a destination in mind; it’s discovering a place in your heart you’ve never been before.” -Mark Amend
New Bern, North Carolina is a beautiful, historic Craven County riverfront town that is situated about 33 miles from Atlantic Beach, North Carolina.
In the three days of our visit, we found New Bern to be an easily walkable downtown and we immersed ourselves in the well preserved history all around us. For our visit, we chose to stay in a centrally located Airbnb, one block from Front Street and enjoyed strolling among the historical homes of New Bern and along it’s riverfront.
Settled by colonists in 1710, New Bern served as the North Carolina capital from 1770 to 1792. The city was continuously occupied by the Union Army during the American Civil War which saved it from much of the wartime destruction that took place in other southern cities.
Surviving war, fire, and hurricanes, today New Bern has four National Historic Districts with well preserved homes, public buildings, and churches that date back to the eighteenth century. It is a glorious town to explore if you are a history buff and enjoy Colonial and Victorian architecture that New Bern residents and leaders have so carefully preserved. New Bern is also surrounded by the Trent and Neuse rivers so it is easy to enjoy the town from the water.
What to see in New Bern:
Notable New Bern residents
Caleb Bradham: You likely don’t know Mr. Bradham but I bet you know his creation-Pepsi Cola. New Bern is the proud birthplace of Pepsi and
Bayard Wootten was a groundbreaking female photographer who designed the Pepsi logo.
Josephine Burton became the first Registered Nurse in North Carolina and the first Registered Nurse in the United States.
Nicholas Sparks is a beloved novelist, most notably writing the The Notebook, which is set in New Bern.
We enjoyed exploring the charms of New Bern and would recommend a visit to anyone. The town is historic and it’s residents are friendly.
Enjoy your visit!
*Historical photos sourced from “A New Bern Album” by John B. Green III