New Bern, TX

By: Clara Stearns Scarbrough

Type: General Entry

Published: 1952

Updated: March 1, 1995

New Bern was a small settlement of Swiss immigrants on County Road 414 thirty-seven miles north of Austin in east Williamson County. Immigration to the rolling blackland farms began in the 1880s, when the settlers named the community for their native Bern. A small village formed around St. Paul's Lutheran Church, which was built in 1893. A public school was opened in 1900, and New Bern Helvetia Lodge Hall served as a center for social activities after its completion in 1908. Residents erected a large wooden church in 1912, which they moved to Wuthrich Hill in 1948, when the two congregations joined to form the Prince of Peace Church. The local school was merged with that of Thrall in 1949. In 1986 only a cemetery remained to mark the community center.

Clara Stearns Scarbrough, Land of Good Water: A Williamson County History (Georgetown, Texas: Williamson County Sun Publishers, 1973).


  • Peoples
  • Swiss


  • Communities

The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.

Clara Stearns Scarbrough, “New Bern, TX,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed December 08, 2021,

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

March 1, 1995