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for Journal of the New Bern Historical Society Vol. 9 Issue 1, May 1996
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The Federation of Woman’s Exchanges was established in 1934 to promote the art of handicrafts and to provide a marketplace for women. The exchanges were formed based on a self-help ideology and women’s volunteerism, and continue to operate today. Saints Creations in New Bern is a member of the Exchange, and offers opportunity to exchange local handmade items.
In 1865, members of a new congregation in New Bern began constructing a church from slabs brought from James City. The new church, known as Slab Chapel, was later replaced and renamed as Saint John Missionary Baptist Church. Since then, the church has been involved in numerous programs benefiting the community with strong emphasis on mission ministry and outreach.
Taverns, which are also called inns or ordinaries, have historically been thought of as places where people met and drank. The role of taverns was much larger, actually, serving as places of refuge for travelers to New Bern. Taverns have also been centers for business, entertainment, and communication.
North Carolina produced more naval stores than anyone in the world up until well after the Civil War. Naval stores are products manufactured from pine trees, and used in building and maintaining ships. Due to the abundance of tar, pitch, and turpentine, naval stores such as those in Craven County became central to the state’s economy.