New Bern Battlefield Park
The New Bern Battlefield Park is a historic site that includes more than 30 acres of the original battlefield used during the Battle of New Bern, which took place between Union and Confederate forces on March 14, 1862. New Bern Battlefield Park was acquired from the Civil War Trust in the early 1990’s, and since then the New Bern Historical Society has worked tirelessly to preserve the site in its natural state and enhance the visitor’s experience. Recent projects include the development of a “History Walk” with 35 interpretive panels that tell the story of the battle and the impact it had on New Bern, as well as a gateway plaza featuring a large concrete map that defines the details of the battle and serves as a starting point for guided and self-guided tours. Other points of interest at the Battleground include a Visitor’s Center, bridges over wetlands leading to the breastworks, and the installation of an 11.5-ton granite monument donated by the 26th North Carolina Regiment Reactivated. 300 Battlefield Trail, New Bern (just off US Hwy 70 at the entrance to Taberna). Free.