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for Journal of the New Bern Historical Society Vol. 5 Issue 1, May 1992
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The Athens Theatre opened in New Bern in 1911 to accommodate traveling theater troupes, live local productions, concerts and silent movies. After several decades, the theatre entered a serious state of deterioration and closed in 1979. Recent efforts are attempting to repair and restore the theatre to working conditions.
Major General Lawrence O’Bryan Branch, was one of the South’s most promising military and potential political leaders. As the Civil War progressed, Confederate forces suffered a shortage of officers and Branch was given command of a North Carolina brigade comprising five regiments. After the Battle of New Bern and numerous skirmishes, Branch was killed on the battlefield of Sharpsburg.
John Lawson was one of New Bern’s architects, North Carolina’s first historian, and the first owner of the area now known as Lawson Creek Park. Lawson’s History of North Carolina is the first published history of North Carolina and covers Lawson’s experiences in the area, information on the Indians, their customs and way of life as well as the flora and fauna of the area.
After an absence of almost ten years due to destruction by the boll weevil in the 1970s, cotton has returned to eastern North Carolina. Cotton was an important trade commodity for New Bern, and continues to be equally as important to our welfare thanks to the efforts of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Mike Shapou was a Lebanese immigrant who gained a down home reputation through his cafes. In all three cases, his places exuded a third place level nuance. The “home away from home” nuance came from the sense of welcome offered for all, across the racial divide and through times of economic boom and bust.