Pick up a map of New Bern at City Hall, 300 Pollock Street, or the Visitor's Center, 203 S. Front Street (inside the Convention Center), and you're well on your way to discovering what our area has to offer! Follow our pedestrian and vehicular signage to New Bern's most popular attractions and historical buildings.
New Bern City Hall, 300 Pollock Street, c. 1897. This Romanesque Revival style building may have never been built if it weren't for the church. Imagine visiting City Hall when it was a post office and federal court! You can still walk up and see the old courtroom upstairs.
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New Bern Area Chamber of Commerce, 316 S. Front Street. Dating back to 1899, the Chamber has long helped New Bern support and engage its business community. Get a glimpse of New Bern and the many ways this organization supports economic development, advocacy efforts, and growth opportunities in our area.
Craven County Courthouse, 302 Broad Street, c. 1880s. The original building burned in 1861 and a new one wasn't constructed for another twenty years. Find out more about the Second Empire style of the building by clicking on the link through the NC State University Library.
U.S. District Court, 413 Middle Street, c. 1935. This beautiful building is an excellent example of the Georgian Revival style and was designed by a local architect. At its completion, it was one of the largest and most expensive buildings (it cost $325,000 to build) in the region.
Craven Arts Council & Gallery, 317 Middle Street, c. 1914. Visit the old historic bank and take in the "new" Bank of the Arts! Programs, exhibitions, even concerts are held in the gallery thanks to a partnership with several community organizations.
New Bern Craven County Public Library, 400 Johnson Street, c. 1968. This beautiful building is the design of architect John Peterson. Although it is one of New Bern's more modern marvels, the library organization has a rich history dating back to the 1820s. The beginnings of the library started in a private home with a personal donation of twenty-five dollars. Two women started the library and allowed the community to come inside the home and borrow and peruse books on a bookshelf. Today, the library is a wealth of information and resources, including the Kellenberger Room, which documents local history and genealogy.
New Bern Farmers Market, 421 S. Front Street. The New Bern Farmers Market is the only year-round farmers market in our area. The current market has been operating since 1984, but historic records show there was a farmers market operating in the vicinity of George & Cypress streets in the 1930s. Full of homemade goodies and local growers and artisans, the New Bern Farmers Market is a place you don't want to miss!
New Bern Firemen's Museum, 420 Broad Street, established in 1955. New Bern boasts the first chartered fire company in North Carolina and the museum is working to preserve the rich history of our fire-fighting efforts. Ride the old firetrucks, meet Fred the firehourse, & check out the old call box for an unforgettable step back in time.
The Birthplace of Pepsi Store, 256 Middle Street. Yes, this is the actual site where Pepsi-Cola was first invented in 1889! Back then the building was a pharmacy owned by Caleb Bradham. Originally, Pepsi-Cola was sold as an elixir for curing a stomach ache. Now, it's one of the most popular beverages in the world. Visit the place where it all started, and where you can still find the original recipe.
Tryon Palace & the North Carolina History Center, S. Front Street, New Bern. The state's premier historic site, this complex offers an experience like no other. Trace the steps of our colonial governor, see where President George Washington danced, or take the time machine back to the 1800s. Looking for something more low key? Stroll the Palace's stunning gardens & visit the museum store for books, heirloom flowers & vegetable seeds, pottery and fine jewelry and crafts. This complex is also home to one of New Bern's Progressive cafes, Lawson's Landing at the North Carolina History Center.