Susan's Blog - New Bern Valentines Day 2016

This Valentines Day, we decided to stay near home but not AT home, so we headed a couple hours east to New Bern, NC. It is located where the Trent and the Neuse rivers join, near the coast. New Bern was settled in 1710 by Swiss and Palatine German immigrants. The new colonists named the settlement after Bern, the capital of Switzerland and hometown of their leader Christoph von Graffenried. One of its' claims to fame is that it was the birthplace of Pepsi Cola. New Bern is the second-oldest European-American colonial town in North Carolina, the oldest being Bath. It served as the capital of the North Carolina colonial government, then briefly as the state capital.