Giving Tuesday looks a little different this year, and Tryon Palace is on board for this unique approach to this special day when all are called to make a gift to causes near and dear to their hearts. Tryon Palace is participating in the global Giving Tuesday initiative and local Giving Tuesday events. All Giving Tuesday efforts will be available online and on social media platforms online, Instagram, and Facebook. Patrons’ support will go towards Tryon Palace’s continued efforts in preserving historic collection pieces, supporting their mission to connect all generations to North Carolina History. Show your support of Tryon Palace’s mission and work onRead More →

Start humming your favorite Christmas carols and plan to attend Tryon Palace’s Holiday Cheer event in commemoration of its 250th Anniversary. During two Saturdays in December, the 12th and 19th, Tryon Palace will open its wreathed gates for tours of the decorated Palace and joyous festivities that will delight both young and old. The Palace’s front lawn will come alive with historical re-enactments, musicians, dancers, entertainment and holiday shopping, to be enjoyed while sipping on hot cocoa or your favorite adult beverage. Tours of the Palace’s first floor draped in ribbons, wreaths, fruit and floral décor, traditional of an eighteenth-century Christmas holiday, will be available.Read More →

On Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020, more than 1,400 museum stores representing all 50 states and the District of Columbia, 22 countries, and five continents will offer inspired shopping at museums and cultural institutions during Museum Store Sunday. The Museum Store at Tryon Palace is participating in this signature annual initiative, now in its fourth year, and will be offering a special discount of 25 percent off all purchases over ten dollars to all patrons who shop on that day (see full coupon, below; print it out and bring it with you). “We are thrilled to be participating in this global event to bring recognition to museumRead More →

In an effort to protect the health and safety of its guests, visitors, volunteers, and staff, Tryon Palace site closed, effective Monday, March 16, at 6 p.m. “At this time, the site will remain closed so that we may thoroughly and thoughtfully respond to the escalating impact of COVID-19,” said William McCrea, executive director of Tryon Palace. Closures include all buildings and gardens on the Tryon Palace complex, including the Governor’s Palace and grounds, the North Carolina History Center, the New Bern Academy Museum, the Waystation, the Stanly and Dixon houses, and all accompanying Tryon Palace gardens. During this time, Tryon Palace facilities staff willRead More →

Tryon Palace is first and foremost a family. We are a family of employees, volunteers, members, fans, and donors who make up our community – both local and extended. The current health concerns associated with COVID-19 are creating challenges for us all, and I wanted to reach out to all of you, let you know we recognize the gravity of the evolving situation, and are working to do our part to protect the health and welfare of our community. As a gathering place for the community with diverse and prolific programming and events, we recognize the impact Tryon Palace has on the New Bern, CravenRead More →

For soldiers wounded in battle in the Civil War, the outcome was often grim. For soldiers wounded in World War II, the outcome was far different. Renowned historian Ed Bearss was with the 3rd Marine Raider Battalion in the invasion of Guadalcanal and the Russell Islands, and the 1st Marine Division in New Britain. In 1944, Bearss was severely wounded by Japanese machine gun fire and spent 26 months recovering in various hospitals. In his 12th annual visit to New Bern, Bearss will discuss medical conditions over the years and the possible outcome if he had suffered his extensive injuries during the Civil War. SeeRead More →

The N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources named William J. McCrea, a veteran department employee, as the new executive director of Tryon Palace. McCrea has been serving as interim director of Tryon Palace since March of this year. McCrea replaces Lee Johnson, who was abruptly fired in February after 16 months on the job. The N.C. DNCR issued a short statement about Johnson’s dismissal: “Careful thought and consideration has been given and a change in leadership has been made for Tryon Palace. Mr. Johnson’s appointment as director has ended effective Feb. 23, 2017. We appreciate his service to Tryon Palace and to the state.”Read More →