Monday, April 19, 2010

A little bit of history

A couple of years ago, our family traveled to New Bern North Carolina. There were lots of interesting places to see as it is a very old part of America.

From Wikipedia -

New Bern was first settled in 1710 by Swiss and German Immigrants. It was named aftet the capital of Switzerland, Bern. The first permanent seat of the colonial govenment of North Carolina was located in New Bern. Following the American Revolutionary War, New Bern became the first state capital.

Tryon Palace was completed in 1770 and was the former house of British governor William Tryon.

It then became the original state capitol building of newly-independent North Carolina and remained so until the 1790s, when it burned down. A replica, built from the original plans and on the original foundation, is now maintained as a historic site and tourist attraction. During the 1800s Federal period, New Bern was the largest city in North Carolina. New Bern recovered after Raleigh took its place as the state capital with the help of trade routes to the Caribbean and New England. It reached a population of 3,600 in 1815.

New Bern was the site of the Battle of New Bern early in the American Civil War in which the town was captured and occupied by Union forces.

What's there to see, you ask? Take a peek -

the birthplace of Pepsi-Cola

New Bern is a neighboring town to Bath, NC.

Bath was North Carolinas first capital and port of entry. Bath is North Carolina's oldest town, celebrating its 300th anniversary in 2005.

I've been having some issues with the internet this weekend, so hopefully this will go through. I hope you enjoy a wonderful Spring filled week!


Protector of Vintage said...

Such interesting info. I would love to viisit there someday!!

Jewel said...

New Bern is about 45 minutes away from where I live. It's an absolutely gorgeous town. They have a ghost walk they do every year that takes you through historic homes and old cemeteries. I highly recommend it!

Diann said...

That looks like a wonderful place to visit. I love to tour those kinds of towns.

And thank you again for your prayers! I am ever so grateful!!

Valerie@travelingthrough2 said...

How fun, I love towns like this! 1770, hard to believe we have structures that old here in the U.S. Cool post!

BECKY said...

How lovely! Maybe someday I'll be able to visit there!