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New Bern City

Craven County, North Carolina

New Bern City Hall is located at 300 Pollock Street, New Bern, NC 28563.
Phone: 252‑636‑4000.

Blades House

Photo: Blades House , ca. 1903, located at 602 Middle Street, New Bern. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2001. Photographed by User:wikipedia - Tradewinds, own work), 2012, [cc-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons, accessed August, 2022.


With a population of almost 30,000, New Bern is located about 90 miles from Wilmington, at the confluence of the Neuse and Trent Rivers. It was founded in 1710 by Baron Christopher de Graffenried. In its history, New Bern (the seat of government for Craven County) was once the capital of North Carolina colonial government. Early settlers were Swiss, and the city is named after the founder's previous residence, Switzerland's capital, Bern. (spelling was Newbern until 1897.)