New Bern, North Carolina

Craven County


New Bern is a city in Craven County in the U.S. state of North Carolina with 27,650 inhabitants.

It was founded in 1710 by emigrants from Switzerland and Germany; were instrumental in Christoph von Graffenried and Franz Ludwig Michel from Berne and John Lawson. The British Governor William Tryon made ​​the small port town in 1765 the capital of the colony of North Carolina. The restored Capitol and his house from the 18th century, the one who has Tryon Palace among other things, about 5.2 ha of gardens, still stands in the center of New Bern.

In the 19th century New Bern was after 1792 Raleigh Capital of North Carolina, was a major port city. In the Civil War it was conquered and occupied by a serious battle on 14 March 1862 by the Army of Northern States. New Bern still has three historic districts with homes, shops and churches, some of which date from the 19th century. New Bern has 36 registered sites and more than 150 other entries in the National Register of Historic Places.

The coat of arms of the city corresponds to the arms of the city of Bern, missing only that on the American version of the red bear penis. The motif with the Bernese bear, which dates from the Middle Ages, one finds today in New Bern everywhere: on public buildings, the vehicles of the city and uniforms of the municipal officials and the police. The first flag, a gift from the city of Bern from 1896 is now on display in the courtroom of City Hall.

Pepsi Cola was founded in 1898 in New Bern pharmacist Caleb Bradham from the young in his pharmacy, the " Bradham 's Pharmacy ", invented and first known as " Brad's Drink". The building still stands at the intersection of Middle Street and Pollock Street in the city center and is now home to the historic Pepsi Store.

Today, New Bern presented as a small town with a share of services, agriculture (especially cotton and tobacco ), forestry and industry, these include, for example, the valve manufacturer Moen, the Weyerhaeuser paper mill and BSH (Bosch and Siemens Home Appliances Corp.. ), which manufactures home appliances. The district of Craven County is also home to a civilian airport in New Bern. Notable among service providers, inter alia, Craven Regional Medical Center, the largest employer in the city.

Sons and daughters of the town

  • Lewis Addison Armistead, Brigadier General of the Confederate Army
  • George Edmund Badger, Secretary of the Navy and Senator
  • Walt Bellamy, Basketball Player
  • Maddie Hasson, Actress
  • Kevin Williamson, screenwriter, film producer and film director