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for Journal of the New Bern Historical Society Vol. 1 Issue 1, May 1988
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James Davis became public printer in 1749 by appointment of the General Assembly. He also began the state's first newspaper, THE NORTH CAROLINA GAZETTE, in 1751, and held many local offices, including postmaster of New Bern and Carteret County sheriff.
Built by Samuel Chapman around 1790, the Attmore-Oliver House on Broad Street in New Bern was purchased in 1953 for restoration by the New Bern Historical Society. The building now serves as the society's headquarters.
When New Bern's St. Andrew's Chapel voted in 1863 to join the Northern A.M.E. Zion Church, it became the South's first Zion Church. In 1879, the name was changed to St. Peter's. Damaged by a 1922 fire, the church was renovated in 1986.
Expected was the 1910 celebration: it was the bicentennial of New Bern’s founding. As for one not expected, the author explained its coming from the “tenor of the times.” It, hosted by the newly created historical society, had a guest list including descendants of Baron Christopher de Graffenried and Colonial homes open to visitors. Another aspect remembrance worthy was the first contribution to Tryon Palace’s 1950s restoration, a surplus from funds for the 1929 event.
New Bern’s denizens have an equivalent of Tara on Washington Post Road. The dwelling built in 1760 translated the reel version of antebellum South to real life, as the Spaight family, the builders of Bellair, experienced it. Thompson’s article offers another connection with Bellair by a letter written in the house in 1776 by Mary Murphrey.
In North Carolina, the Tuscarora was one of the six Indian groups whose arrival preceded Europeans by many centuries. The 1713 battle in New Bern yielding the massacre of nine hundred, and knelled their way of life. As for who initiated this battle, it is certain. Was it Europeans wanting the land? Was it other Indian groups wanting to destroy them?