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First Presbyterian Church
400 New St.
New Bern, NC 28560

(252) 637-3270

The oldest continually used church building in New Bern, First Presbyterian was built during the years from 1819 through 1822, by local architect and builder Uriah Sandy. The congregation was established in 1817. The Federal-style church is similar to many built around the same time in New England but is unusual in North Carolina. Like that of Christ Church, the steeple on First Presbyterian is a point of reference on the skyline. The church was used as a Union hospital and lookout post during the Civil War. Visitors can see, carved on the belfry walls, the initials of soldiers on duty during that period. Tours between 9 AM and 2 PM weekdays are self-guided, but visitors should stop by the church office first.

 

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