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Review of North Carolina History Center - Tryon Palace

North Carolina History Center - Tryon Palace
Ranked #1 of 38 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.
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“Great place I never heard of”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2013 via mobile

While I never heard of Tryon Palace prior to moving to New Bern, it is such a great place tp take friends and family when they visit. A REAL GEM!

Visited July 2013
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New Bern, North Carolina
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“Historic Site”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2013

Visit the historic first capital of North Carolina in quaint downtown New Bern. A beautiful home and with grounds and gardens open for touring. Lovely review views. Visitors center with short video across the street and History Center a short walk away.

Visited November 2012
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NC
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“A MUST SEE!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2013

Tryon Palace is so much more than the Governor's Mansion; a full ticket includes a wonderful History Center with a terrific "back in time" interactive room where you can create a quilt, shop in a country store, make 18th recipes, harvest tar from pines, and sail a boat. Really cool! the Palace gardens are lovely and extensive and a visit to the surrounding historical homes with interpretive characters is fun.

Visited July 2013
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“Make time for the palace”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2013

Even before it became the site for some filming of the Sleepy Hollow series, the palace is a quality place for visits. I've been there several times. Staffed by costumed characters, who never lose their persona, makes for an interesting tour. The visitor center has an interesting and informative film to broaden one's perspective of the palace's history. There's also an education center with interactive exhibits for children of all ages. The surrounding gardens are lovingly maintained. Often there are special period events on the grounds that broaden your visiting experience.

Visited May 2013
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New Bern, North Carolina
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“Great history and learning experience.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2013

The palace is one of the finest attractions in New Bern. The plantings and gardens are lovely. In the fall, the mums are exquisite.

Visited August 2012
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