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for Journal of the New Bern Historical Society Vol. 5 Issue 2, Nov 1992
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Furnifold McLendel Simmons was a reputable attorney in New Bern, and served as Democratic U.S. Senator from 1901 to 1930. He advocated the construction of the Panama Canal and gained much knowledge of such work. His expertise resulted in the Inland Waterway from the Neuse River to Wilmington, and construction of the Cape Lookout breakwater.
In 1772, Anglican priest John Wesley sent Joseph Pilmore to New Bern, North Carolina to extend the work of the Methodists. The Methodists of New Bern became the most numerous denomination in the area. In 1843 the Centenary Methodist Church was built and named for the the fact that the religious reawakening of the church was about one-hundred years after the Aldersgate experience of John Wesley.
The craftsmanship of boat building has a long history in eastern North Carolina. Among the notable craftsmen, Herbert William Barbour started Barbour Boat Works, Inc. in New Bern in 1932. During his time, Barbour produced boats for the military, commercial fishing, and Coast Guard, and ferries for the State of North Carolina.
Dancing played a significant role in New Bern social activities during the late eighteenth-century. Dancing assemblies and balls were commonplace events during the winter seasons, and dancing schools were held by various itinerant dancing masters during the last two decades of the century.