The second oldest city, in North Carolina, New Bern was founded in 1710 by Swiss baron Christopher de Graffenried. It is named after Bern Switzerland. The name itself is taken from the German word "baren" , or "bears." They have adorable painted bear statues all around town.
|See if you can tell which is the sculpture and which is Brad.|
The history teacher side of me loves New Bern for its rich history. They have seen visits from George Washington and the famous evangelical preacher from the Great Awakening, George Whitfield at the church in the center of town.
The town is filled with gorgeous old homes. Ava Gardener had a summer house there and Babe Ruth used to visit for hunting trips.
It is also the birthplace of Pepsi-Cola. Originally created by the local pharmacist in the late 1800s, Caleb Bradham, it was called "Brad's Drink."
|Here's Brad, enjoying "Brad's Drink" by the "Brad's Drink" sign.|
|Creepy bear at Town Hall|
|4 story house by the river...swoon!|
|A street filled with shops|
|Yummy lunch stop|