A new traveling exhibit has been created about sites important to, and personal memories about, American travel during the “Jim Crow” era of legal segregation. The Negro Motorist Green Book (Wikipedia article here), published between 1936 and 1966, was both a guide and a tool of resistance designed to confront the realities of racial discrimination in the United States and beyond. The book listed over 300 North Carolina businesses—from restaurants and hotels, to tourist homes, nightclubs and beauty salons—in the three decades that was published. The exhibit highlights a complex statewide network of business owners and Green Book sites that allowed African American communities toRead More →

On Saturday, March 6, Tryon Palace will present its new exhibit, “A Lasting Monument: Creating North Carolina’s First Permanent Capitol,” in the Duffy Gallery of the North Carolina History Center. The exhibit celebrates 250 years of Governor Tryon’s Palace, from 1770 to 2020. One of North Carolina’s most beautiful historic landmarks, the story of this elegant Georgian-style structure reveals a complex, multi-faceted journey through North Carolina’s history beginning in Colonial America as the Royal Governor’s residence and administrative building, and triumphing over tragedy through decades of American change, destruction and perseverance. The exhibit explores the process of establishing a permanent capitol in North Carolina, itsRead More →

In collaboration with The Blood Connection, the Tryon Palace Commission is hosting a blood drive on Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021, at The North Carolina History Center. The blood-drive will be held indoors in Lawson’s Landing (next to the Museum Store) from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.. Each life-saving blood donation from this event not only supports those in need but will raise $20 for the Tryon Palace Foundation. The Foundation supports Tryon Palace’s programming, education, and restoration needs. The $20 raised from your blood donation will help the Foundation sustain these important programs. To sign up for the blood drive and schedule a time slot,Read More →

If you are planning a wedding in the near future Tryon Palace is hosting a Pop-up Wedding Planning Event to ease your planning anxieties. Today’s restrictions and guidelines have not made wedding planning easy, and Tryon Palace’s wedding planners and event manager want to help you through this process. On Feb. 21, from 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tryon Palace is hosting a Wedding Pop-Up Show, where couples can discuss their wedding ideas and plans with some of our recommended vendors, tour the venues and Gardens, and mark off a few items on the planning checklist. Vendors will be staged in Mattocks Hall – an open, airyRead More →

Tryon Palace and the North Carolina History Center has been chosen as one of the many sites across the state to provide free internet access to the community. A new high-speed WiFi device was recently installed at Tryon Palace’s Eden Street Parking Lot as part of the state’s NC Student Connect Park and Learn program to help our neighbors and local students connect to the internet. The initiative is a partnership between the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources and Gov. Cooper’s Hometown Strong program designed to address internet connectivity gaps in rural N.C. The project is expected to reach as many as 82 state-ownedRead More →

Tryon Palace is canceling its Holiday Cheer event, originally scheduled for Dec. 12 and 19, due to the recent increase in COVID-19 cases in North Carolina.   Tryon Palace will welcome the holiday season and the coming New Year with a black-powder fireworks display from the South Lawn, on Saturday, Dec. 19 at 7 p.m.   All are welcome to come view the fireworks from the safety of your car. Parking is available at the Eden Street and North Carolina History Center parking lots, or from the streets surrounding the Palace. The street just South of the Palace (Palace Point Commons) will be closed for the show. TheRead More →

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 →