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Community Crossroads: New Bern

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NEW BERN, N.C. - 9 On Your Side stopped in New Bern at the North Carolina History Center at Tryon Palace for week one of our Community Crossroads series.

Founded in 1710, New Bern is the second oldest town in North Carolina. It’s also home to the first state capital at Tryon Palace.

Mayor Dana Outlaw, Sabrina Bengel and even Tommy Moore or Moore’s Barbecue joined our crews to share some of the best that the town has to offer eastern North Carolina.

NEW BERN FIREMEN’S MUSEUM

Established in 1955, the New Bern Firemen's Museum preserves the history of the first chartered fire company in the state of North Carolina.

Visiting the museum, you can experience the great fire of 1922, which burned over 1,000 homes and, of course, learn about the famous fire horse "Fred".
     
The history of the New Bern Fire Department goes back to before the Civil War.

The Firemen’s Museum houses treasures from the past, a past that tells the story of a rich tradition.

Fred was a working member of the New Bern Fire Department for 17 years. He grew to know the sound of the alarms so well, he didn't need to be guided and knew exactly where danger was.
     
The city of New Bern created the museum in the 1950s. Additional space was created in the 80's which houses steam engines from the 1800s.

The New Bern Firemen’s Museum has big plans for the future. They are renovating the old firehouse to house more exhibits and a children's interactive space.
     
For more information on how you can get involved, click here.

TOURISM

There are many attractions and things to do in New Bern, including the colonial Governor's mansion, the Tryon Palace Historic Site and Gardens, and a number of historic district homes. Many of them are open year round. The revitalized downtown offers shopping, strolling along the waterfront, and multiple dining options. The downtown area also offers numerous antiques, crafts, and art shopping opportunities..   Click here for a link to find out more.

ARTWALK

Carol Tokarski of the Craven Arts Council shared information on the "Artwalk,” which is actually happening Friday in New Bern. Click here to find out more.

MILITARY INFLUENCE

And you can't talk about eastern North Carolina or Craven County without talking about the military.

9 On Your Side recently spent time at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, the home of the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing.
     
"Cherry Point was commissioned in 1941,” said 1st Lieutenant Hector Alejandro. “Havelock, North Carolina was chosen because it’s a great site not only for aircraft, but being close to Camp Lejeune and the rest of the Marine units and the aviation accesses they are supporting. And the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing which was commissioned in San Diego eventually moved over here. In fact, today is the birthday of the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing. It’s been a long way, but it’s a growing unit. We're just glad to be here part of North Carolina."

LOCAL GOVERNMENT

The City of New Bern is under new leadership this year.

Mayor Dana Outlaw was elected in December, after serving two terms as a city alderman.
    
He’s an ECU graduate with a degree in Marketing Research/Business Administration. Outlaw currently is involved in self-storage and real estate consulting and appraisal.

Mayor Outlaw is available by phone at 252-514-7401 or email at dana@danaoutlaw.com.
In his spare time, he enjoys riding his Harley Davidson Road King, spending time with his grandchildren, and playing in the band Cold Biscuit.

THE BIRTHPLACE OF PEPSI

When you think about New Bern, one of the first things that comes to people's minds is Pepsi.
     
The soda, after all, was born in New Bern.
     
And even though the corporate headquarters of Pepsico isn't located in New Bern anymore, Pepsi still has a major presence.

“This is the actual location where Caleb Bradham in 1898 invented Pepsi Cola,” said Sabrina Bengel/Managing Partner of the Birthplace of Pepsi. “It started out as Brad's drink and then in 1903 he registered a trademark and the trademark was Pepsi Cola, which we know is a worldwide billion dollar brand today.”

BIGGEST BARBECUE IN THE WORLD

Local favorite Moore’s Barbecue actually set a world record back in 2010 for the largest open sandwich.

The Guinness Book of World Records actually presented the restaurant a certificate for the world's largest open sandwich. It weighed 1,337 pounds.
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