New Bern: Tales from the Inner Banks

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In a collection of articles that is always informative and often lighthearted, local columnist Bill Hand recounts the fascinating tale of New Bern's history, including its name's strange spelling transitions. From its founding by Swiss colonist Baron De Graffenreid in 1710 through the twentieth century, New Bern has had a rich and storied history. Venture back through New Bern's history and discover the story behind North Carolina's most famous governor, William Tryon, the tale of the person who built the first car in North Carolina, why two men had a curious duel over a piece of cake, the story of Camp Battle—a World War II prisoner of war camp—and many more.
ISBN: 9781609493738
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: North Carolina
Series: American Chronicles
Images: 52
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Raised in Pennsylvania, Bill Hand has lived in the New Bern area since 1995. The fascinating past of this small town awakened his interest in history, and he has spent the years there digging into New Bern's past. Over the past three years, Hand has enjoyed sharing historical events and personalities with the community through a weekly column in the New Bern Sun-Journal. Bill also writes, directs and performs in plays through his theatrical company, Athens of the South Productions, and dabbles in creative video as well. He graduated from Geneva College in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, in 1981 with a degree in literature and theater. He lives just outside of New Bern with his wife, Roberta, and his daughter, Rachel, with another daughter, Sara, residing nearby.
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