One of New Bern’s proud historic districts listed in the National Register of Historic Places, the Ghent neighborhood has a lively and vibrant past. The Historical Society’s former Historian, John Leys, will take us back to the days when the neighborhood was developed from the Rhem family plantation and grew with the introduction of the trolley. You’ll learn interesting details about architectural styles, notable neighborhood residents, and the significant influence of the Ghent community in New Bern. Leys’ will share stories of the Casino with sports events, dances, rides and concessions, and reminisce about the fun the children had with the coming of the circus. Lunch & Learn starts at 11:30 a.m. at The Chelsea Restaurant, 335 Middle Street, New Bern. The cost is $17 for Historical Society members and $22 for non-members; lunch is included. Advance reservations must be made by calling the New Bern Historical Society at 252-638-8558, or can be ordered at www.NewBernHistorical.org/tickets. Lunch choices: Low Country Pork Tips, Rosemary Roasted Potatoes, Broccoli with Lemon Butter Or Shrimp and Broccoli Alfredo and Chocolate Tuxedo Cake.
Have you often admired New Bern’s wonderful historic houses from the street? The New Bern Historical Society presents a rare opportunity for an insider’s tour of these remarkable homes. Enjoy a delightful day as home-owners open their doors to visitors and share the history and the architecture of these unique buildings that make up the fabric of our New Bern Heritage.