new bern north carolina
new bern is located at the confluence of the neuse and trent rivers in east central north carolina. the town of new bern was first settled by swiss and german immigrants in 1710. the town is named after the capital of switzerland. new bern was the first seat of the colonial government of the colony of north carolina. tryon palace was built in new bern by william tryon who was the british governor of north carolina. after the revolutionary war new bern became the capital of the state of north carolina. during the civil war new bern was attacked by the forces of union general ambrose burnside in 1862. in modern times new bern is known for the home of the founder of pepsi cola. today new bern is a popular tourist attraction for those interested in u. s. history. downtown new bern has scores of historic homes and buildings many of which are listed on the national register of historic places.