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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Craven County, North Carolina

Clickable Map of Craven County, North Carolina and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Craven County, NC (58) Beaufort County, NC (40) Carteret County, NC (61) Jones County, NC (1) Lenoir County, NC (44) Pamlico County, NC (2) Pitt County, NC (28)  CravenCounty(58) Craven County (58)  BeaufortCounty(40) Beaufort County (40)  CarteretCounty(61) Carteret County (61)  JonesCounty(1) Jones County (1)  LenoirCounty(44) Lenoir County (44)  PamlicoCounty(2) Pamlico County (2)  PittCounty(28) Pitt County (28)
New Bern is the county seat for Craven County
Adjacent to Craven County, North Carolina
      Beaufort County (40)  
      Carteret County (61)  
      Jones County (1)  
      Lenoir County (44)  
      Pamlico County (2)  
      Pitt County (28)  
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1North Carolina (Craven County), Dover — C-78 — Ervin T. Rouse — 1917-1981
Fiddler and songwriter. Penned widely-recorded "Orange Blossom Special," bluegrass standard (1938). He was born Ό mile S.E.Map (db m76943) HM
2North Carolina (Craven County), Fort Barnwell — C-32 — Fort Barnwell
Constructed by Colonel John Barnwell of South Carolina in campaign against the Tuscarora Indians in April, 1712. Remains are 2 mi. N. E.Map (db m65699) HM
3North Carolina (Craven County), Fort Barnwell — C-17 — Washington's Southern Tour
President Washington, on April 20, 1791, was a guest at the home of Col. John Allen, which was 5 mi. E.Map (db m64980) HM
4North Carolina (Craven County), Havelock — C-68 — Cherry Point
U.S. Marine Corps Air Station activated 1941 as Cunningham Field for first USMC aviator A.A. Cunningham. MCAS Cherry Point since May 1942.Map (db m67558) HM
5North Carolina (Craven County), James City — C-25 — Fort Point
Site of Fort Caswell, built by N.C., 1775-76, to protect New Bern, renamed Fort Lane by Confederacy. Taken by U.S., Mar., 1862. ½ mi. E.Map (db m77005) HM
6North Carolina (Craven County), New Bern — A National Cemetery System
Civil War Dead An estimated 700,000 Union and Confederate soldiers died in the Civil War between April 1861 an April 1865. As the death toll rose, the U.S. government struggled with the urgent but unplanned need to bury fallen Union . . . Map (db m76959) HM
7North Carolina (Craven County), New Bern — Abner Nash
A resident of New Bern for fifteen years; born in Prince Edward County, Virginia, about 1740, but came to North Carolina in 1763; member of Colonial Assembly from Halifax Town in 1764 and 1765; from the County of Halifax in 1769, 1770 and 1771; . . . Map (db m23831) HM
8North Carolina (Craven County), New Bern — Attmore-Oliver House — Under the Stars & Bars
Like many other North Carolinians, New Bern’s residents enjoyed close economic and family ties with the North and were reluctant to leave the Union. Once the war began, however, many North Carolinians passionately supported the Confederate cause: . . . Map (db m76993) HM
9North Carolina (Craven County), New Bern — C-10 — Baron Christoph von Graffenried
Was a citizen of Bern, Switzerland. Led Swiss and Palatine immigrants to N.C. where in 1710 he founded New Bern.Map (db m92398) HM
10North Carolina (Craven County), New Bern — C 51 — Batchelder's Creek
Site of Union outpost captured by Confederate Generals Hoke & Pickett on February 1, 1864. The earthworks are 300 yards North.Map (db m76944) WM
11North Carolina (Craven County), New Bern — Battle of New Bern — Smoke and Flames — Burnside Expedition —
On March 13, 1862, Union Gen. Ambrose E. Burnside prepared to capture New Bern after seizing Roanoke Island in February. Confederate Gen. Lawrence O’B. Branch defended the city in a line of fortifications located several miles down the Neuse . . . Map (db m77003) HM
12North Carolina (Craven County), New Bern — C 11 — Battle of New Bern
The victory of Union General Ambrose Burnside here on March 14, 1862, caused the fall of New Bern.Map (db m77008) HM
13North Carolina (Craven County), New Bern — CC-2 — Battle of New Bern
The above map is self-explanatory. For a detailed account of the battle please read the large map-marker "Battle of New Bern" on Us. Highway 17 at New Bern, 5Ό west of this road. The Croatan Earthwork, an extensive fortification not used during the . . . Map (db m77014) HM
14North Carolina (Craven County), New Bern — C-20 — Bayard v. Singleton
American precedent for judicial review of legislation set nearby, 1787, by Samuel Ashe, Samuel Spencer, John Williams.Map (db m76990) HM
15North Carolina (Craven County), New Bern — C-20 — Bayard vs Singleton
Early American precedent for judicial review of legislation, was decided nearby, 1787, by Judges Samuel Ashe, Samuel Spencer, John Williams.Map (db m23502) HM
16North Carolina (Craven County), New Bern — C-70 — Bayard Wootten — 1875-1959
Pioneer photographer of N. C. and the South. An advocate of equal rights for women. Began career ca. 1904 in this house where she was born.Map (db m92394) HM
17North Carolina (Craven County), New Bern — Birthplace of Pepsi-Cola
This building marks the site of Bradham's Pharmacy where Caleb D. Bradham created Pepsi-Cola in 1898.Map (db m175591) HM
18North Carolina (Craven County), New Bern — C-60 — Caleb Bradham — 1867-1934
"Brad's Drink," which he created in pharmacy here, was marketed as Pepsi-Cola after 1898.Map (db m23507) HM
19North Carolina (Craven County), New Bern — Cedar Grove Cemetery — New Bern, North Carolina
Those who died during the yellow fever epidemic in 1798-99 completely filled the Christ Episcopal churchyard cemetery. By 1800, the church had purchased five lots in the Dryborough area fronting on Queen Street. What was originally called the . . . Map (db m76965) HM
20North Carolina (Craven County), New Bern — Centenary United Methodist Church
Established in 1772 during a visit to New Bern by Rev. Joseph Pilmoor. First known as Andrews Chapel and located Southwest of this site at Hancock St. and Church Alley. Centenary is the oldest continuing Methodist Church South and East of . . . Map (db m23743) HM
21North Carolina (Craven County), New Bern — C-42 — Christ Church
Episcopal. Craven Parish created 1715. First church erected 1750, this one in 1875. Communion service, given by George II, 1752, still in use. One block S.Map (db m76988) HM
22North Carolina (Craven County), New Bern — Craven County World Wars 1 and 2 Memorial
South face of monument, near the top: Sacred to the Memory of Craven County Dead of World War 1 and 2 Names are engraved on all four sides of the base: World War II Robert J. Conderman • Charles E. Cook • Elvin Allen . . . Map (db m24057) HM
23North Carolina (Craven County), New Bern — C-30 — F. M. Simmons — 1854 - 1940
U. S. Senator, 1901-1931. Chaired Senate Finance Committee during World War I. U.S. House 1887-1889. Lived here.Map (db m92396) HM
24North Carolina (Craven County), New Bern — First House of Worship of Colonial Craven Parish
The walls on this site are erected over the brick and ballast stone foundation of the first house of worship of Colonial Craven Parish which was established in 1715. The brick Anglican Church was completed in 1750, and it continued in use until the . . . Map (db m24354) HM
25North Carolina (Craven County), New Bern — C-22 — First Post Road
The road from New England to Charleston, over which mail was first carried regularly in North Carolina, 1738-39, passed near this spot.Map (db m92397) HM
26North Carolina (Craven County), New Bern — First Presbyterian Church
Organized in 1817, plaques on the interior walls recognize the thirteen founding members. Built in 1819 - 1821. It is the oldest Presbyterian Sanctuary in continuous use in North Carolina. It is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and . . . Map (db m23688) HM
27North Carolina (Craven County), New Bern — 228 — First Presbyterian Church — American Presbyterian and Reformed Historical Site
Formally organized on January 6, 1817 in the home of Mrs. Elizabeth Minor, First Presbyterian Church was formed under the leadership of the Rev. John Knox Witherspoon. Included among the charter members were the daughter and granddaughter of the . . . Map (db m121985) HM
28North Carolina (Craven County), New Bern — C 3 — First Printing Press In N.C.
Est. 1749 by James Davis who published the first book and newspaper in colony. Shop was nearby.Map (db m76987) HM
29North Carolina (Craven County), New Bern — C-50 — First Provincial Congress
In America to be called and held in defiance of British orders met in this town, Aug. 25-27, 1774, with 71 delegates present.Map (db m23503) HM
30North Carolina (Craven County), New Bern — C-12 — Fort Totten
Here stood one of the forts built around New Bern by Union forces after they took the town in March, 1862.Map (db m23555) HM
31North Carolina (Craven County), New Bern — C-14 — George E. Badger
Secretary of the Navy, 1841; United States Senator, 1846-55; judge of the superior court; staunch nationalist. Birthplace was 80yds S.Map (db m76991) HM
32North Carolina (Craven County), New Bern — C-53 — George H. White — 1852 - 1918 —
Lawyer; member of N.C. legislature, 1881 & 1885. U.S. Congressman, 1897-1901. Born into slavery. Home stands 2 blocks N.Map (db m23512) HM
33North Carolina (Craven County), New Bern — C-74 — Graham A. Barden — 1896-1967
Congressman, 1935-61. Secured military bases for eastern N.C.; advocated Taft-Hartley labor relations act. Grave 4 blocks northwest.Map (db m23505) HM
34North Carolina (Craven County), New Bern — Greenwood Cemetery — Historic Burial Site
Greenwood Cemetery, established in 1882 on the grounds of an earlier cemetery, is New Bern’s second-oldest public cemetery and the first city-owned cemetery for African Americans. Thirteen grave markers are dated between 1816 and 1859. At least . . . Map (db m76972) HM
35North Carolina (Craven County), New Bern — C-64 — James City
Community founded here in 1863 as resettlement camp for freed slaves. Named for Horace James. Union Army chaplain.Map (db m31206) HM
36North Carolina (Craven County), New Bern — C-33 — James Walker Hood
Asst. Superintendent Public Instruction, 1868-70; a founder Livingstone College, 1885; Bishop A.M.E. Zion Church; founded St. Peters, 1864. One blk. N.Map (db m24053) HM
37North Carolina (Craven County), New Bern — John Wright Stanly House — A House Divided
This house was the birthplace of two men who fought on opposing sides during the Civil War: Edward Stanly, the Unionist military governor of North Carolina, and Confederate Gen. Lewis Addison Armistead, who was mortally wounded during the Battle of . . . Map (db m75492) HM
38North Carolina (Craven County), New Bern — C-1 — John Wright Stanly House
Home of Revolutionary War leader; and his son John, Congressman & state legislator. House moved and restored 1966-70 by the Tryon Palace Commission.Map (db m23508) HM
39North Carolina (Craven County), New Bern — Jones House — Confederate Jail
This house was built about 1809 for John Jones, owner of a local turpentine distillery, and the west wing was added about 1820. After the U.S. Army defeated Confederate troops in the Battle of New Bern on March 14, 1862, and occupied the town, . . . Map (db m75493) HM
40North Carolina (Craven County), New Bern — C-81 — King Solomon Lodge
First African American Masonic lodge in N.C.; est. 1865. Erected in 1870, the building was moved here in 1920s.Map (db m76973) HM
41North Carolina (Craven County), New Bern — Lady Blessington Cannon
This cannon was taken from the Ship-of-war Lady Blessington, captured after a sharp engagement during the revolution by an armed privateer belonging to John Wright Stanley of New Bern. Marked by Richard Dobbs Spaight chapter D.A.R.Map (db m181639) HM
42North Carolina (Craven County), New Bern — New Bern Academy — From School to Hospital
In 1861, Confederate authorities converted the New Bern Academy from a school to a hospital. The U.S. Army commandeered the structure to care for the wounded almost immediately after defeating Confederate forces in the Battle of New Bern on March . . . Map (db m23659) HM
43North Carolina (Craven County), New Bern — C-61 — New Bern Academy
First school chartered in N.C. Assembly levied a tax for its support in 1766. Present building was built in 1810.Map (db m23658) HM
44North Carolina (Craven County), New Bern — New Bern Battlefield Park
New Bern Historical Society welcomes you to the New Bern Battlefield Park 300 Battlefield Parkway, New Bern, NC 28562 Here you will find pristinely preserved Confederate defensive earthworks on the 27 acres owned by the New Bern . . . Map (db m77010) HM
45North Carolina (Craven County), New Bern — New Bern National Cemetery — Honoring the Union Dead
On March 14, 1862, Union Gen. Ambrose E. Burnside captured New Bern after seizing Roanoke Island in February and moving his army inland. After the battle for the town, the Federals established hospitals in the New Bern Academy, the Masonic Lodge, . . . Map (db m76946) HM
46North Carolina (Craven County), New Bern — C-39 — Political Duel
John Stanly killed Richard Dobbs Spaight, former Governor of North Carolina, in a duel near this spot, September 5, 1802.Map (db m76974) HM
47North Carolina (Craven County), New Bern — C-66 — Rains Brothers
Brig. Gen. Gabriel Rains and Col. George Rains, graduates of West Point, inventors of explosives for Confederacy. This was their boyhood home.Map (db m76975) HM
48North Carolina (Craven County), New Bern — Richard Dobbs Spaight — 1758-1802
First native-born N.C. governor, 1792-1795; a signer of the U.S. Constitution, 1787; killed in a duel. Grave here.Map (db m41000) HM
49North Carolina (Craven County), New Bern — Richard Dobbs Spaight — Born 1758 – Died 1802
Educated in Scotland at University of Glasgow; Aide-de-Camp to Major-General Richard Caswell during the Revolution, and Lieutenant-Colonel Commandant of Artillery after that war; representative of the Borough of New Bern for five terms and of the . . . Map (db m45114) HM
50North Carolina (Craven County), New Bern — Richard Dobbs Spaight, the Younger — Born 1790 – Died 1850
Graduate and for twenty-nine years a trustee of the University of North Carolina, member of the North Carolina House of Commons for one term, and of the State Senate for fourteen terms, member of the eighteenth Congress of the United States; Grand . . . Map (db m45115) HM
51North Carolina (Craven County), New Bern — C-82 — Samuel Cornell — 1730 - 1781
Merchant, Loyalist, and Governor's Councilor. He financed construction of Tryon Palace & campaign against Regulators, 1771. House stood 2 blocks S.Map (db m92399) HM
52North Carolina (Craven County), New Bern — St. Peter's A.M.E. Zion Church
This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the InteriorMap (db m76961) HM
53North Carolina (Craven County), New Bern — C 2 — Tryon Palace
Historic Capitol and Governor's residence of N.C., 1770-1794. Burned 1798, and restored in 1952-1959. Open to the public. One block south.Map (db m76997) HM
54North Carolina (Craven County), New Bern — U.S.C.G.C. Pamlico
U.S. Coast Guard Cutter stationed in New Bern from 1907 until 1947.Map (db m62428) HM
55North Carolina (Craven County), New Bern — C-67 — USRC Diligence
U.S. Reserve Cutter built in N.C. 1791. Ship was commissioned in 1792 by Revenue Marine (now U.S. Coast Guard), Ό miles west.Map (db m62235) HM
56North Carolina (Craven County), New Bern — C-19 — Washington's Southern Tour
President Washington visited in the Stanly home two nights, April 20-21, 1791.Map (db m23509) HM
57North Carolina (Craven County), New Bern — C 6 — William Gaston — 1778-1844
Justice of N.C. Supreme Court, 1833-44; lawmaker. An advocate for state's Catholics. Wrote state song. "The Old North State." Lived 1 block N.Map (db m76978) HM
58North Carolina (Craven County), New Bern — William Henry Singleton — From Slavery to Freedom
During the Civil War, thousands of enslaved blacks freed themselves by escaping to Union lines. Craven County native William Henry Singleton (1843-1938) was one of them. According to his biography, Recollections of My Slavery Days (1922), as . . . Map (db m24054) HM
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May. 19, 2022