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About New BernSwiss and German colonists settled New Bern in 1710, naming it for Bern, Switzerland. By 1749 the thriving river port had the colony's first printing press; two years later printer James Davis founded the state's first newspaper, the North Carolina Gazette. As the Colonial capital from 1766 to 1776 and the state capital from 1776 to 1794, New Bern also played an important role in the American Revolution.

In 1898, Pepsi-Cola was invented in New Bern by Caleb Bradham. His former pharmacy at the corner of Middle and Pollock streets features a soda fountain and a store that sells Pepsi-related memorabilia; phone (252) 636-5898.

Older buildings are outstanding examples of American architecture, especially the early 19th-century Federal style. The Bank of the Arts , a 1912 former bank building at 317 Middle St., displays changing exhibits by regional and national artists; phone (252) 638-2577. The Attmore-Oliver Civil War House Museum , 511 Broad St., contains 18th- and 19th-century furniture, local artifacts and a doll collection; phone (252) 638-8558.

MUMfest features arts and crafts, children's entertainment, and car and boat shows; it takes place each October; phone (252) 638-5781.

Visitor Centers New Bern/Craven County Convention and Visitors Center 203 S. Front St. New Bern, NC 28560. Phone:(252)637-9400 or (800)437-5767

Self-guiding ToursInformation about several different walking tours is available free from the convention and visitors center. The tours provide insight into the history and architecture of historic homes, churches and cemeteries, African-American history and the Civil War era. A Walk to Remember highlights locations mentioned in novels written by local resident and popular author Nicholas Sparks.

Things to Do Christ Church

First Presbyterian Church

New Bern Firemen's Museum

New Bern Historic Trolley Tours

Tryon Palace

Dixon House

Gardens of Tryon Palace

North Carolina History Center

Stanly House

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New Bern, NC

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Hampton Inn by Hilton

200 Hotel Dr. New Bern, NC 28562

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300 Hotel Dr. New Bern, NC 28562

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212 Pollock St. New Bern, NC 28560

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3455 Dr Martin Luther King Jr Blvd. New Bern, NC 28562

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