New Bern is a beautiful, historic North Carolina coastal city, located at the confluence of the Neuse and Trent rivers. Settled by Swiss and German immigrants in 1710, New Bern is the second-oldest European settled colonial town in North Carolina and is named after “Bern” Switzerland. The city first served as the colonial capital and then as the state capital, until 1792, at which time the capital was relocated to Raleigh. Downtown New Bern is family friendly and offers museums, beautiful parks, water access, ample dining options, fun tourist shops, and a “southern charm” atmosphere.
In addition to beautiful riverfront views, dining and sightseeing, and access to the Atlantic Ocean, New Bern is rich in history. The state’s first public school was opened in New Bern. The city is “the birthplace of Pepsi-Cola,” and is the location of the state’s first printing press. New Bern is also the birthplace of the first chief justice of the state Supreme Court and composer of the North Carolina state song. Inspired by the city’s “Bern” Switzerland heritage, downtown New Bern is home to more than 50 decorated bear statues. More importantly, New Bern is one of the locations where God has placed His name this year. Services will be held at the beautiful Riverfront Convention Center, which is within walking distance of the historic downtown.
A famous local attraction, and one of the planned excursions, is the Tryon Palace Governor’s mansion, which once served as the state capital building. The Tryon Palace grounds now include a large state history museum, about 16 acres of gardens and several other historic buildings. In addition to historic downtown New Bern, some additional possible excursions are the North Carolina Aquarium in Pine Knoll, an afternoon at Fort Macon State Park beach, and a short, 20-minute ferry ride to see the wild horses on beautiful Shackleford Island.
Please contact the Festival Coordinator, Mr. Wyatt Ciesielka, for more information on this site.
And He said to them,
"Go into the world and preach the gospel to every creature."
- Mark 16:15
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