Saturday, August 10, 2013
Small Town Get Away
favorite small towns, New Bern, NC population less than 30,000. If you are
looking for a small town full of charm and history, New Bern is the
perfect place. It is also heavily featured in my debut novel A Time to
We have visited New Bern many times over the years to enjoy lazy
Saturday afternoons or check out one of their many annual festivals.
When I was in the formative stages of the novel I could not help but
think that its beauty and historical significance made it the the
perfect setting for May Lynn’s childhood home.
Because the Union Army only skimmed over New Bern while tearing
through the South it still contains many historic houses. Antebellum
middle class homes line the streets of the historic district and many
plantations houses just like Meadow, my main character’s childhood home,
still stand just outside of the city. Today the wealthy still flock
to New Bern as many mansions, including the 35000 square foot home of
novelist Nicholas Sparks, line the Trent River.
We stood at the port that May Lynn and Michael embarked from. New Bern
was the original colonial capital of NC and was a major port town and
shipping center with access to major rivers (the highways of their
day) and train tracks.
The Captain's Stay, the cozy bed and breakfast where we stayed, is
located at the heart of New Bern's historic district and still had
its two hundred year old stove. The former private home could have
easily been one May Lynn would have visited as a young belle.
If you would like to win an ebook copy of A Time to Say Goodbye, drop
a short comment about your favorite small town to visit. I'll draw the winner on Monday and post the winner's name on my facebook. That winner will then need to email me via facebook their email address, so I can send the book to them.
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