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 Jim?"
We have lots of photo collections and one of them is from Bob Jones, donated in 1981. He took photos of many of the local historic homes. Here are two he took of the Forbes House at 717 Pollock Street. The other photo (1st photo on left) is from the Library of Congress, circa 1936. It appears that the "house was originally built circa 1760-1770 for a member of the Carruthers family. The property changed hands several times and was in the possession of Richard Forbes in 1794. Richard Forbes was quite wealthy and expanded the house. The house in its enlarged state was inherited by Edward Forbes, the rector of Christ Church, from 1866-1877. He was much beloved by the Congregation and he tendered his resignation the day before a fire destroyed the Church. He then remained active in the rebuilding of the Church. "Rev Forbes willed the house and most of his other real estate possessions to the Diocese of East Carolina."(info courtesy of Peter Sandbeck, History of Architecture of New Bern and Craven County, 1988 Tryon Palace Commission, pg 211) ... See MoreSee Less
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