New Bern Then and Now by Vina Hutchinson
Settled in 1710 at the confluence of the Neuse and Trent Rivers, New Bern, North Carolina served as the capital of the British Colony. It exists today as the second oldest town in the Tarheel State and is a varied palette of cultural influences with both antiquated and newer buildings lining picturesque downtown streets.
Although much of New Bern's architecture has existed for decades, paved streets, cars, and power lines offer a much different feel than did the dusty roads traveled by horses in days gone by. Then and Now: New Bern revisits historic locations in the city and offers comparative photographs of the location in both past and present times. Caleb Bradham's original pharmacy, where Pepsi-Cola originated, is depicted along with the location today, where a store exists that is dedicated to the drink's origin. Also illustrated are many of the town's most beloved landmarks and historic homes, all of which retain an old-fashioned flair that characterizes New Bern. In addition, the book offers the beautiful Tryon Palace during its restoration as well as today.