We had friends who had their sailboat in New Bern on the Trent River. The Trent River begins as a stream about 15 miles south of Kinston, NC and ends in New Bern, NC where it joins with the Neuse River at Union Point. Our friends' problem was that the river was too shoally to sail much, and they had to go all the way down the Neuse to get sailing room.
Apparently during hurricanes, the Trent floods the town, so New Bern (like Belhaven) has raised the houses near the river (photo 3) When we set out to go to New Bern. I thought about taking the free NC ferry across the Neuse River, but Bob said "No more ferries". We crossed the drawbridge (photos 1 and 5) over the Trent River and got to New Bern about 11.
Why is a southern Californian in New Bern?
Learn to drive with one hand in New Bern, you'll always be waving with the other. Back in Los Angeles, where I am from, traffic comes to a halt at every accident so everyone has a chance to gawk at another's misfortune. Looky-loos. I was amazed that it was the same here, but rather than Looky-loos, they're "Helpy-Loos. Everyone is in a race to get their jumper cables and tool boxes to help-- and probably give them an invite to their next barbecue!
"The Historic Neighborhoods"
My wife and I never knew that we would want to live in a historic house. We loved the town and expressed that by visiting the local B&Bs several times over the course of two years. Finally, we hired a Realtor to show us homes in a five mile radius of the B&B (downtown historic district). We liked the reasonable prices, but something wasn't clicking. Arriving back at the B&B, my wife showed me a listing for a home a few blocks away. "We can stop by and see it on the way to the airport." We saw it in a fireman's rush but knew instantly: This 135 year old house was the home we'd been waiting for! That was 2002 and we love it even more. Walking distance to restaurants, events, and the waterfront.