The New Bern Historical Society is dedicated to sharing the rich history of New Bern, NC and has been doing so since 1923. The Historical Society offices are located in the Attmore-Oliver House, c. 1790, in New Bern’s historic district. In addition to offices there is a Civil War display and room installations reflecting life in the mid-19th century. Beautiful historic gardens are located behind the house. The New Bern Historical Society also owns and stewards 30+ acres of the Battle of New Bern’s Civil War battlefield. The New Bern Battlefield Park is located near James City just off of Highway 70 East.
It is Wednesday, so "What is in the Attic with Him?
Here is a bayonet from a Confederate Enfield Rifle. In addition to its use as a weapon, the iron bayonet could be used by Confederate soldiers for more domestic pursuits. The pointed end of the bayonet has been reshaped to lift pots from a cooking fire. This was donated by Ray Cahoon. ... See MoreSee Less
17 hours ago ·
I was at a meeting today with other volunteers at the Historical Socierty. We were talking about all the lumber mills that were located in New Bern during the last century. Our historian, John Leys, reminded us of all kinds of other industries that New Bern was noted for, such as guano. (bird excrement) I jokingly said that that might be my post today.....well guess what. I was perusing the 1914 Illustrated City of New Bern booklet which has a nice description of various local businesses. Here is a description from that booklet re the
E. H. AND J. A. MEADOWS COMPANY.
"Manufacturers of Meadows’ Special Guanos. New Bern has been for many years the headquarters of guano industry for the State of North Carolina, and it may be said that the E. H. and J. A. Meadows Company are the oldest manufacturers of fertilizer in the eastern part of the State, having been doing business since the year 1889. They operate two immense factories, which are modern in equipment throughout, while they use the very best materials in turning out the finest products and it also may be truthfully said that the best tobacco in Craven, Jones, Duplin, Lenoir, Pitt, Greene and Wayne Counties was raised with the Meadows Brands. In using these fertilizers you are certain of getting the very best results These immense plants have an output of forty million (40,000,000) pounds per year. They give employment to 100 people. The officers of the corporation are Messrs. E. H. Meadows, president; E. H. Meadows, Jr., vice-president; Wade Meadows, secretary and treasurer, and J. M. Howard, sales department." (Illustrated City of New Bern booklet, 1914, pg. 8. Craven County Digital History Exhibit courtesy of the Kellenberger Room, Craven County Library)
The plant was along the waterfront where Union Point Park now stands.
I can't wait to have the next conversation.... ... See MoreSee Less
3 days ago ·
Morgan’s Tavern & Grill
Robert M. Chiles, PE
Ward & Smith, PA