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for Tar Heel Junior Historian Vol. 13 Issue 2, Dec 1973
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In 1788, the North Carolina Constitutional Convention deemed it necessary to develop a fixed seat of government in the colony. By 1791, New Bern, in Craven County, was deemed a worthy site and a General Assembly meeting proposed a 400 acre expanse and planned the city details including: placement of the state house, plot size, street widths, and areas for public use.
Towns appeared only after established proprietary rule and the state's first incorporated town was Bath. A charter was granted in 1705 complete with town boundaries and a group of commissioners charged with town layout, selling lots, and building essential infrastructure like a courthouse, church and market.