New Bern

New Bern is a city in the coastal region of the state of North Carolina.


Historical marker designating New Bern

New Bern was founded in 1710 by Swiss and German adventurers led by Baron Christoph von Graffenried from Bern, Switzerland. Royal Governor William Tryon made New Bern the colonial capital. 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. 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. In 1898, the pharmacist Caleb Bradham invented Pepsi Cola in his pharmacy at the intersection Middle and Pollock Street. The building still exists.

Get in

Generally, those who come to New Bern come in from Raleigh-Durham International Airport (IATA: RDU) via rental car or through the local airport, Coastal Carolina Regional Airport (IATA: EWN), with flights on Delta and American Airlines. I-40 and I-95 are interstate highways that run relatively close to New Bern, which is located on US Highway 70, NC 17, and US Highway 17.

Get around

The downtown shopping district is walkable. Elsewhere in town a car is necessary. There is no public transportation and taxis are rare and expensive.


Tryon Palace



Goat sculpture outside the North Carolina History Center.

There are lots of quirky little shops in downtown New Bern. A thriving artist's community in town and the surrounding area support a variety of art galleries.




Go next

Routes through New Bern

Norfolk Washington  N  S  Jacksonville Wilmington
Raleigh Goldsboro  W  E  Havelock Morehead City

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