New Bern, North Carolina celebrates its tri-centennial anniversary during the fall of 2010. On October 28 to 30, ghosts of days gone by will once again haunt the living and tell their tales at over 18 sites in the city.
Ghostwalk 2010 – The Best of 300 Years in New Bern, North Carolina
The New Bern Historical Society is raising the dead for the 20th annual Ghostwalk. The 2010 even falls on the 300th anniversary of the founding of New Bern, North Carolina’s first capitol and promises to be a spectacular event for young and old.
According to New Bern Now, notables such as Harry Truman, Elvis Presley, Caleb Bradham, Chief Hancock and squadrons of Yankee soldiers have passed through New Bern over the last 300 hundred years. Many of these characters, and more, will come to life and share ghoulish excitement with modern audiences.
The ghostwalk begins on Thursday, October 28 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Cedar Grove Cemetery, and at the Athens and Masonic Theatres. Sites where ghouls from the past will recount their experiences include Cedar Grove Cemetery, Stanly Hall, two historic theaters, the Federal Courthouse and a selection of churches, homes and businesses.
Spirits from the Neuse will be available to greet visitors to the new North Carolina History Education Center in downtown New Bern.
Spirits of 1862 and the Civil War will fill space on the New Bern Academy Green. The NC 7th will enact a living history encampment on the grounds of this famous early North Carolina Academy.
Ghostwalk 2010 – Admission Information to Day of the Dead Events in New Bern, North Carolina
Children and adults alike will encounter thrills and games in Agony Alley, located at the Attmore-Oliver House. They will revisit 1942 when Tyrone Powers visited the local New Bern USO Club.
One ticket admits ticketholders to all three evenings of entertainment. Ticket prices are: $15 in advance for adults; $20 on the day of the event. Active duty military and students with current ID are $10. Children 3 – 12 are $5; Children under 3 are admitted free of charge. New Bern Historical Society members may purchase tickets for $13.
Tickets may be purchased online or at the New Bern Historical Society office at 512 Pollock Street, New Bern and at the following outlets: Bank of the Arts; Harris Teeter in Morehead City or in New Bern; Mitchell Hardware; Information Ticket and Travel Office, MCAS Cherry Point; and ASAP Camera in Greenville.
Additional information is available from the New Bern Historical Society (252-638-8558).
New Bern, North Carolina – Candid Photographs from Summer and Fall of 2010
Personal Note from the author: New Bern, North Carolina holds a special place in the annals of Carrie Matilda. She is a direct descendant of John George Kornegay, who was born before 1660 in Germany and who was killed in the 1711 Tuscarora Indian raids in New Bern, North Carolina. John George Kornegay came to America with other Swiss German Palatines in one of two Flotillas recruited by Barron Christopher Von Graffenreid in 1710.
John George was massacred in the 22nd of September, 1711 raid along with all of his family, with the exception of his young son, George. According to Carrie Matilda’s research, this young orphan boy grew up to be the first surviving Kornegay in this New World and the progenitor of most Kornegays in North Carolina and neighboring states. Will he visit any of his great-great-great-great-great-grandchildren at this spooktacular event? Only time will tell.
For more information, visit or call the New Bern Historical Society. 252-638-8558
Be sure to view images of New Bern, including “Bearon de Graffeinried.”