New Bern, North Carolina

Saturday April 16, 2016

We are camping in Chocowinity, NC at Twin Lakes RV Resort.  This is a very large RV park with seasonal campers and year round RVers.  It is close to I-95 and an area we wanted to explore.20160415_134043This is where we ended up.20160415_134458This is where they wanted to put us.  Notice the distance between the large tree and the electrical post. Our 5th wheel probably would have fit, but there would have been no room for any of the slides. 20160415_134106Our view of one of the lakes on the property. Not bad.

The first day here was pretty quiet.  We met a few people at the office, including Bruce, whom we have decided to call The Mayor. He lives in his new LandMark with his wife and he still works.  He has a corner lot and knows a lot about what goes on around Twin Lakes.

Saturday, it was off to explore New Bern, NC.  North Carolina’s first state Capitol.20160416_093119Crossing the bridge into the town of New Bern. Beautiful homes on the waterfront. This is the Neuse River.  Stretching 248 miles, the Neuse River is the longest river in North Carolina; at its mouth, it is the widest river in America at 6 miles across.

First stop is the Visitor’s Center. A very nice young woman was manning the desk.  She gave us a lot of information.  Everyone suggested the local hardware store.20160416_101313Mitchell Hardware has been in New Bern since 1898.  They have everything. We even bought a new dual water valve for the water supply.  It was a fun place to look around.  Everyone was so friendly.20160416_10134520160416_101401Since we came on a Saturday, we made it for the Farmer’s Market.20160416_104151Cliff’s new friend, the alpaca.  The animal laughed.20160416_104140The farmer’s market was more about the arts than produce, but it was fun to walk around.  Kind of felt like we were in Chicago, everyone had a dog and/or a baby. 20160416_101836Just sites around the historical downtown.20160416_10185520160416_101935_001New Bern was named in honor of the founder’s home, Bern, Switzerland. When Bern, Switzerland was founded, it was named by a group of hunters. They named the city for the first animal they came upon on their hunting expedition. It was a bear. “Bern” is the old Germanic word for Bear, and the bear became the symbol of the city. It has been adopted by New Bern, as well.  There are bears everywhere.  This just happens to be the only one that I took a picture of.20160416_101907Christ Episcopal Church founded in 1715.  It is the third-oldest church in North Carolina. This is the location of the second church. The second church was built in 1821 and then rebuilt in 1871-1885.20160416_10191020160416_10194820160416_102115This is the location of the first church completed in 1751.

20160416_102231New Bern is also the birthplace of Pepsi.

20160416_121119Tryon Palace  – 1767-1770  This was the first permanent capitol building and residence of two royal governors. North Carolina’s first State Capitol.  It was built between 1767 and 1770 by royal governor William Tryon, representing the British crown. A fire destroyed the Palace in 1798.  It was reconstructed in 1952-1959 on the original foundation, based on archaeological evidence and the original architectural drawings and architect’s notes.20160416_12150820160416_121513This is the only building that survived the fire, the Stable Office.20160416_123904William Tryon and his family were moved to New York in 1771 and Josiah Martin was appointed royal governor for the British colony.  When the Revolutionary War broke out, Josiah Martin fled in 1775 dressed as a woman.20160416_124349After the Revolution, it remained the capitol and the site of the state legislature’s first meetings. Only men were allowed.  President George Washington attended a ball here on his Southern Tour in 1792 and danced with 70 women. The capitol moved to Raleigh in 1794.20160416_125100All the fireplace mantels came from England.20160416_125917Beautiful mahogany staircase.  Amazing.20160416_125909_00120160416_122313Beautiful gardens. This was a wonderful tour and well worth a visit.20160416_111616The North Carolina History Center has a wonderful museum of the history of this state.  We could have spent hours in there.  Very well put together.20160416_152117Lunch at The Chelsea.  The service was really bad, but the food was excellent.  Cliff had the specialty Shrimp and Grits and I had the BBQ Shrimp and Grits. 20160416_14364420160416_143758As you can tell, there was hardly anyone in the restaurant. It was almost 4:00 pm.  We could hardly get waited on. Service was terrible.  Hopefully, she was just having a bad day.  The food was so good, it was a shame to ruin it with bad service.20160416_153505View of the waterfront20160416_153517Multiple bridges20160416_153525

This is a very historic town and we did not see 1/3 of what they have preserved. We need to go back.

More adventures from Eastern Carolina to come.

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