History Begins At Tryon Palace

Jerry Blackwelder

Discover  NC's First State Capitol The Tryon Palace in New Bern, NC

More than 300 years of history comes alive for your students at Tryon Palace in New Bern.

Tryon Palace is well-known as North Carolina’s first permanent state capitol as well as home to the first sessions of the North Carolina General Assembly and home to the State’s governors.

The original palace was opened in 1770 as state capitol and home to Royal Governor William Tryon and his family. Following the Revolutionary War the palace continued as home to the State’s legislature until 1794. A fire in 1798 destroyed the original palace. An effort to recreate the palace and restore the grounds and gardens resulted in the opening of today’s Tryon Palace in 1958.

During your visit to Tryon Palace your students may experience tours specializing in colonial American history as well as 19th century life. Interactive exhibits and costumed interpreters demonstrate such everyday skills as cooking, weaving and forging steel in a blacksmith shop. .

In addition to the special tours and exhibits, Tryon Palace also offers educational resources for fourth and eighth grade Social Studies teachers designed to correlate with the North Carolina Standard Course of Study.

Outside the Palace, there are several other historic areas for your students to visit.

  • The North Carolina History Center features rotating exhibits, rare artifacts and interactive historical activities for your students.

  • Palace Gardens are comprised of 16 acres of manicured gardens typical of 18th century Britain.

  • Several Historic Homes surround the Palace grounds. The Stanly House dates from the 1780s and was home to John Wright Stanly. The Dixon House was built in the 1830s for a merchant and town commissioner. The Hay House was built in the early 1800s.

Want to Go?
Log on to www.tryonpalace.org or call Group Services at (252) 639-3524.

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