This Month in New Bern, January 2020
What Happened in New Bern in January
By Claudia Houston, New Bern Historical Society
The month of January is significant for several reasons to an early New Bern photographer. Who is he and what was his role in New Bern’s history? On January 14 of 1858, JW Watson announced that he “renovated and refitted … for the advancement of the Photographic Art; his Daguerrean Gallery over the Store of J. Whaley, on Craven Street….” Up to that time, Mr. Watson had been a traveling Daguerrean working in Virginia, North Carolina and Georgia. He settled in New Bern in the late 1850’s and early 1860’s prior to the Union occupation of New Bern. His was one of many Daguerrean studios in New Bern ...