New Bern is the second oldest town in the state, established 300 years ago in 1710 by Swiss explorer. It was once the colonial capitol; Tryon Palace is the restored residence of Royal Governor William Tryon and is a must-see sight along with its spectacular gardens. New Bern is also the birthplace of Pepsi Cola, which was formulated by a pharmacist in the town in 1905 and was originally called “Brad’s Drink” after its inventor.
The town is situated at the confluence of the Neuse and Trent Rivers. Its picturesque downtown waterfront is home to many historic buildings, shops and parks. A walking tour of the city takes you past over 150 historic homes and buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
New Bern’s downtown is home to many antique shops, specialty stores and cafes, as well as some of the loveliest bed and breakfasts in the state. Many of these bed and breakfasts are located in historic homes that reflect New Bern’s Victorian heritage.