New Bern NC - April 1/10

Thursday, April 1/10 New Bern, NC

We enjoyed the beautiful sunny day today to look around the historic downtown are of New Bern, North Carolina. We are parked for these 2 nights in a small RV Park outside of New Bern.

New Bern is a town of 28,000 on the East Coast at the mouth of the Trent and Neuse Rivers. It is celebrating it's 300th anniversary of its settlement by Swiss explorers. New Bern is named after Bern, Switzerland. "Bern is Swiss for bear so there are decorated fiberglass bears around the town for the anniversary. Also there are "historical hydrants" painted like historical characters important to the town. They also have a Firefighter's Museum here but we didn't tour it.

We walked around the historic downtown area viewing the historical homes. It's most famous attraction is the Tryon Palace. This North Carolina government house, built between 1767 and 1770 by Royal Governor Wm. Tryon represented the British crown and became NC's first permanent capital. It has tours but we didn't go on them. The Palace has beautiful gardens and we saw some with the spring flowers blooming - tulips and daffodils.

New Bern has some other claims to fame:

Birthplace of Pepsi - Caleb Bradham invented "Brad's Drink" which later he patented as Pepsi-Cola.

Nicholas Sparks resides in New Bern, author of A Bend in the Road, The Wedding, and The Notebook. Last night there was a premiere in the New Bern cinema for his latest book "The Last Song" which has been made into a movie staring Miley Cyrus. Nicholas Sparks attended.


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