The Story of Ghent Encore Presentation
529 S Front St
New Bern, NC 28562
So many folks wanted to hear John Leys The Story of Ghent that the Historical Society event sold out back in December! Don’t worry, though, John has been prevailed upon to give an encore of this popular presentation on Tuesday, January 29th at 6pm at the North Carolina History Center in partnership with Tryon Palace. Doors will open at 5pm. Reserve your seat with a suggested $10 donation; all proceeds go to Historical Society’s educational programs. Call the New Bern Historical Society at 252-638-8558. This event is open to the public.
No wonder people are interested! The Ghent neighborhood has a lively and vibrant past. This is the story that John Leys will share. Leys explains “The Story of Ghent will take us back to the days when Ghent was developed from the Rhem family plantation and explain how the neighborhood grew with the introduction of the trolley. We’ll remember all the fun the children had with the coming of the circus. Let’s not forget the Casino with sports events, dances, rides and concessions. Who remembers that the famous Gorgeous George had a wrestling match there?! We’ll talk about architecture and a few notable residents. Over the years Ghent has had a significant influence on New Bern, and we hope will continue to far into the future.”
Ghent resident John Leys came to New Bern after finishing his graduate degree at East Carolina University in 1975 and taught French, History and English in the New Bern school system. After retiring as a teacher he worked at the Craven County Convention and Visitors Bureau, the New Bern Public Library, and Tryon Palace. An active volunteer with the Historical Society, he served on the Board of Directors as the Historian, recently stepping down after ten years of service. John has done extensive research and writing, and written scripts for and acted as a ghost in Ghostwalk and Haunted Evening productions. He has appeared in many productions at the Civic Theatre and was on the founding board of the Rivertowne Players. John loves New Bern and thinks it has some of the nicest people in the world!