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This Month in New Bern History – August 2021

A New Bern Trailblazer by Claudia Houston, Historian, New Bern Historical Society Photo courtesy of https://www.blackpast.org/african-american-history/battle-samuel-james-1883-1966/ Samuel J. Battle was born in New Bern on January 16, 1883. Weighing in at 16 pounds, he was recorded as the largest baby born in North Carolina. Samuel would eventually grow to be 6″3″ tall and over 280 …

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Hiding in Plain Sight

by Claudia Houston, Historian, New Bern Historical Society Old City Hall building circa 1983 You’ve walked past it countless times — you know, the big red brick building on the 200 block of Craven Street with “City Hall” emblazoned near the roof.  Built in about 1817, the Stephens Brick Block building is considered the earliest …

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Gateway to History

The Beauty of Downtown Fences & Gatesby Curator Jim Hodges Isaac Taylor House, 228 Craven St.   Even as a young boy while walking about the streets of downtown New Bern, I was always impressed by the array of metal fences and gates. Although many years have slipped by, my fascination has never waned. Recently, …

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