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“Tryon Palace - New Bern, NC”

North Carolina History Center - Tryon Palace
Ranked #1 of 43 things to do in New Bern
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Owner description: Colonial Governors ruled, legislators debated, patriots gathered and George Washington danced. At Tryon Palace, where British rule once flourished, American independence took root and the state of North Carolina was born. Here you can still experience the adventure of North Carolina’s earliest beginnings and a living history like no other. Guided tours, live re-enactments and conversations with costumed interpreters from centuries past bring history to life in vivid detail at the Governor’s Palace, Gardens and Historic Homes. And, at the new high-tech North Carolina History Center, interactive games and hands-on exhibits delight visitors young and old. Whether you’re exploring one of our riverside gardens or sharpening your skills as a quilter, printer, ship’s captain or blacksmith, there are endless opportunities for making cherished family memories at Tryon Palace.
Reviewed September 14, 2012

This is an interesting site to visit, and the docents do an excellent job of telling the ups and downs story of the palace and its adjacencies. The kitchen area is a must see. They cook there with what period workers would have had to cook with. The day we were there a basketweaver was at work. She told about the work of the laundress. All well done!
The N.C. History Center runs a shuttle from the place you purchase your ticket to the palace, which was a welcome relief on the very hot day we visited. The entire area is interesting and a nice place to get out and walk around.

Thank HikerGirl48
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Reviewed September 13, 2012

Parking outside the North Carolina History Center (NCHC) is on South Front Street. Inside you purchase you tickets. There is a short orientation video about the history of the Palace. Now you can walk to the Palace or get a shuttle bus. There are guided tours of the buildings of the Palace. They are included in your ticket and last about 90 minutes. They provide an excellent background of the sites history. The gardens are beautiful. Three other buildings are also included in the admission price- Stanly House, Dixon House and Daves House. Check the times these houses will be open.
The NCHC does not just cover the Tryon Palace. Contained in the building are the Regional History Museum - which covers the history of New Bern and the area around, plus the Pepsi Family Center - this gives children a hands-on experience. The Regional History Museum is very extensive and will take some time to go through.
Also in the NCHC is a gift shop (that is a surprise.) If you need refreshments there is Lawson's Landing. The food is very fresh and reasonable. Try the crabcakes - they are just crab, no fillers.
The Palace is well worth the visit with one big exception. If you use a wheelchair or other device, and have difficulty with stairs. Save your money. The NCHC is fully accessible and the ground floor of the palace. All other areas have steps. The walkways in the garden are uneven.

Thank TorontoTimTim
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Reviewed September 13, 2012

Touring the NC History museum and Tryon Palace was a lovely way to spend an afternoon. Our docent/guides at the Stanley House and the Palace were extremely knowledgable and we enjoyed listening to them. An unexpected surprise during our tour of the kitchen house was the offer to taste an onion/apple/potato pie baked using colonial methods ( cast iron pot over a wood fire)...it was delicious! If you like touring the historic homes in Charleston and Savannah, don't miss this!

Thank Carol G
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Reviewed September 9, 2012

The Tyron is a must see if you're in New Bern. Convenient to downtown, the Tyron provides a history reenactment of life several centuries ago. The gardens are also beautiful and free to tour on the first Sunday of each month.

Thank Mike49389
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Reviewed September 8, 2012

Enjoyable and educational for all ages. Very interesting presentation of the palace where the first governor's of NC lived. Along with the maids/workers living quarters, vegetable garden and flower garden.

Thank Becky M
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