TRYON PALACE HISTORIC
SITES AND GARDENS
610 Pollock Street, (252) 5l4-900. Tryon
Palace (c.1770) was known in colonial times as one of the most beautiful
public buildings in America. The elegant Georgian-style mansion
served as both home of Royal Governor William Tryon and the capitol
of the Colony of North Carolina. After the Revolutionary War, Tryon
Palace became the capitol of the independent State of North Carolina.
Restored to its 18th-century glory Tryon Palace is furnished with
an outstanding collection of antiques and art.
The grounds are devoted to extensive gardens ranging from English
formal gardens to a kitchen garden to wilderness garden areas. The
complex includes two contrasting homes of exceptional beauty: the
John Wright Stanly House (c.1783), a stately home built by the Revolutionary
War patriot; and the Dixon-Stevenson House (c.1830), a prominent
Federal-style home noted for its rare Neoclassical antiques. Interpreters
in period costumes conduct tours all year and each landmark has
a marvelous story to tell. An audio/visual orientation program and
crafts demonstration, including cooking in the Tryon Palace kitchen,
basket weaving and black smithing, are offered daily. There are
a number of special events, such as the Christmas Candlelight Tours,
Christmas Celebration Tours, The King's Birthday Chrysanthemum Festival,
spring, summer, and fall flower displays, and Summer Drama Tours.
In addition, The New Bern Academy, situated in New Bern's oldest
residential district, invites exploration of New Bern's history
from the settlement period of 1710 through the Civil War. Special
focus is given to topics of early education, New Bern architecture
and builders, and the story of New Bern as a Union city in the midst
of the Confederacy.
513 Broad Street, (252) 638-8558. This
home (c. 1790) headquarters for the New Bern Historical Society exhibits
18th- and 19th-century furniture and New Bern historical objects,
including Civil War artifacts.
BANK OF THE ARTS
317 Middle Street, (252)
638-2787. This former bank building (c. 1913), headquarters of the
Craven Arts Council and Gallery is both a cultural and an architectural
treat. The classical facade of Ionic columns provides a grand entrance
for the two-story gallery. Detailed pilasters and Corinthian columns
have been highlighted by colors in the Beaux Arts motif. Changing
exhibitions of various media such as painting, sculpture, photography,
pottery and fiber art by artists of the southeastern United States
are provided free of charge in the gallery area. Many special events
such as concerts, lectures, and receptions are offered throughout
1100 Washington Post Road,
(252) 637-3913. Bellair Plantation House is on the National Register
of Historic Places. The building is the last and largest 18th-century
brick plantation country house in North Carolina. The site on which
Bellair stands was acquired in the early 18th century by Mr. Jonathan
Swift from the Lords Proprietors of the Carolina Territory. Rooms
in the house have twelve-foot ceilings, wide heart-pine floors and
original family furniture.
256 Middle Street, (252) 636-5895 On this
spot in his pharmacy Caleb Bradham invented "Brad's Drink" which later
he patented as Pepsi-Cola. Today you can relax and enjoy a Pepsi Cola
at the recreated soda fountain.
CEDAR GROVE CEMETERY
Corner of Queen and George Streets, (252)
636-4000. In this cemetery are graves that date back to the earliest
days of our nation. There is a monument for the Confederate dead,
which contains graves of 70 soldiers.
CHERRY POINT MCAS
Cherry Point, (252) 466-4906. This is the
largest Marine Corps Air Station in the nation. Tours are available
and might include observation of military working dogs, flying squadrons
such as Harriers, search-and-rescue helicopters, a crash fire & rescue
demonstration, or windshield tour of the air station.
CROATAN NATIONAL FOREST
141 E. Fisher Avenue, (252) 638-5628. This
was one site of a battle that was fought in New Bern during the Civil
War. Outdoor recreation opportunities include camping, picnicking,
hiking, hunting and fishing.
421 5. Front Street, (252) 638-4408. Fresh
local produce is available. Also a location for special community
gatherings and events.
408 Hancock Street, (252)
636-4087. This building, beside the modern Broad Street fire station
in New Bern, houses steam pumpers and an extensive collection of
early fire fighting equipment, along with rare photographs, Civil
War relics, and even the mounted head of a faithful old fire horse
named Fred, who died while answering an alarm.
National Avenue, (252) 637-2912. The graves
of brave soldiers who fought and died for our country make up this
NEW BERN CIVIC THEATRE (SAAX BRADBURY PLAYHOUSE)
414 Pollock Street, (252) 633-0567. The
theater presents dramas, comedies, musicals and even performances
in sign language.
NEW BERN TOURS (TROLLEY TOUR)
333 Middle Street, (252) 637-7316. Discover
three centuries of history and architectural beauty in a 90-minute
Trolley Car Tour of downtown New Bern. Professional guides will recount
the fascinating details of this former royal capital of North Carolina.
Bed & Breakfasts
Buses & Charters
Craven County Convention and Visitors Bureau
New Bern Chamber of Commerce
Havelock Chamber of Commerce
Craven County Parks and Recreation Dept.
Ferry Schedule Information
Fire, Rescue, Police
911 Craven County Sheriff
New Bern Police Dept.
Havelock Police Dept.
NC Highway Patrol
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