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.
Today is Wednesday, so "What is in the Attic with Jim?"
Jim found a book in our archives today-Guide to Historic New Bern, NC which was edited by Dr. H. Branch Taylor for the Tryon Palace Commission in 1981. On page 73 there was a photo of the Thomas Sparrow-Daniels House at 222 East Front Street. The description states, "This massive, three story town house is one of an elite group of only 7 brick side-hall houses remaining in New Bern." The 2nd photo is one taken today of the same home and looks like the photo included in Peter Sandbeck's book, The Historic Architecture of New Bern and Carven Co. NC, 1988. Notice that the 2 porches on the side are removed.
Sparrow was a wealthy ship builder in New Bern. "Around 1840 he ostensibly used the master craftsmen employed by his company to build a three-and-a-half story, 4,000-square foot home with several dependencies at 222 East Front Street (Lot 6), adjacent to his shipyard and overlooking both the Neuse and Trent rivers. This massive landmark, sold by Sparrow's heirs in February 1859, was mythologized by generations who passed it on their way to the coast as "Blackbeard's House" and was thought to have a secret escape tunnel leading to the Neuse River. "
(Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, 6 volumes, edited by William S. Powell. Copyright ©1979-1996 by the University of North Carolina Press).
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