New Bern North Carolina Tourism - Historic Sites, Museums, Art Galleries, Festivals, Beaches, Outdoor Adventure

New Bern is 35 miles from the North Carolina beaches. Highways: US 70, US 17, NC 55


2nd oldest city in NC

New Bern was NC state's first capital until 1776 when it was moved to Raliegh

Places to see

Marine Air Corps stationed in nearby Cherry Point

Tryon Palace

Colonial Revival Gardens

Historic district

antique shops

art galleries

Tryon Palace

Tryon Palace was the home of the Royal governor William Tryon. It was designed by architect John Hawkes. Tryon Palace is a Georigian style Manson. In 1770, Governor Tryon was appointed governor of New York. Royal Governor Josiah Martin took his place as North Carolina governor. In 1775, governor Martin was forced to flee by patriots. In 1777, the NC  General assembly convened at Tryon Palace. In 1798 a fire destroyed the main building. Reconstruction began in 1939 and in 1959 Tryon Palace opened to the public. Tours are available. There are over 7000 art pieces and 18th and 19th century antiques

Colonial Revival Gardens

These gardens were designed by Marley Jeffers Williams who is an expert in 18th century landscaping.

Example gardens are: Latham Garden, Green Garden, Kellenberger garden and Kitchen garden.

They contain ornamental plants, hedges, vegetables and more examples of 18th century landscaping.

Historic Homes


Atlmore Oliver House

located at 513 Broad st.

Atlmore Oliver house is the home of the New Bern historical society. The house was built in 1790.

18th and 19th century antiques

civil war artifacts

doll collection

Dixon Stevenson House

built 1826-1833 located at 609 Pollock st.

noted for the Neoclassical architecture

home of George Dixon who was once the mayor of New Bern and a tailor and merchant

During the Civil War, the house was used as a hospital for Union troops occupying the town.


John Wright Stanley House

built 1779, the Georgian home is located at 307 George St.

George Washington slept here.

Noted for the Chippendale Staircase

During the Civil War, when New Bern was occupied by Union troops, the house was used as headquarters to the Union General Burnside.

New Bern Academy Museum

first chartered school in NC

Now a museum covering early history to civil war era.


Minnesott Beach Take Cherry Branch ferry to US 306

Croatan National Forest

Coastal Forest - south from New Bern to Bogue Sound.

Venus flytraps and alligators


hiking trails most notable: Neusiok trail 21miles from Neuse River to Newport

primitive camping, picnicking, bird watching, fishing and hunting

New Bern Events

Spring Historic Homes and Garden Tour

held in April when the Azaleas and Dogwood are in full bloom.

Mumfest Street Festival

when: Mid October

where: downtown New Bern

food, entertainment, antiques, crafts

New Bern NC Hotels

Oriental NC

NC 55

small town near NewBern in the Pamlico Sound area

known for Sailing.

sailing schools

art galleries