This amazing gingerbread Tryon Palace, sitting in the window of Bella’s Cafe on Middle Street, could be yours.
The New Bern Historical Society is holding a silent auction on site with bidding running through Dec. 15 inside Bella’s Café.
This work of art is created by Mary Hamilton Chiles as a tribute to her mother, and Historical Society Board Member and tireless volunteer, Nancy Chiles. Nancy was key in the Historical Society’s success last year with the first Gingerbread Contest. Mary Hamilton has donated her work to be auctioned with the proceeds supporting New Bern Historical Society projects.
The silent auction is set up inside Bella’s Cafe & Catering at 323 Middle Street. The auction will close on Dec. 15 and the winner will be notified.
The Tryon Palace gingerbread is part of the 2nd annual Gingerbread House Contest and Display presented by the New Bern Historical Society. Gingerbread creations are displayed at 12 merchants throughout downtown New Bern:
- Nautical Wheelers
- Bella’s Café & Catering
- Carolina Creations
- Mitchell’s Hardware
- The Four C’s
- Edward Jones
- Be-Spoke Custom Florals
- Ballantyne Framing and Art
- The Birthplace of Pepsi
- U.S. Post Office
- Trent River Realty
All of the gingerbread houses will be in place until Dec. 18.
“We send our unending thanks to Mary Hamilton Chiles for this beautiful work remembering a beautiful lady!” said Historical Society Executive Director Mickey Miller. “We also thank Sandy Quinionez of Bella’s Cafe & Catering for sharing their brand-new window space.”
The New Bern Historical Society celebrates and promotes New Bern and its heritage through events and education. Offices are located in the historic Attmore Oliver House at 511 Broad St. in New Bern.