North Carolina history begins here

Tryon Palace is known for being North Carolina’s first permanent state capitol, but we’re remembered for capturing imaginations. Walk in the footsteps of colonial governors, stroll through more than 14 acres of beautifully-sculpted gardens, or travel back in time for an interactive experience that blends the 1830s with 21st-century technologies.
At Tryon Palace, we believe history is more than a story … it’s an experience.

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Stanly-Spaight Duel

Watch the drama unfold before your eyes in a gripping reenactment of this fateful duel between political rivals John Stanly and Richard Dobbs Spaight that took place in 1802.
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Lanterns on the Lawn

Bring the family and your camping gear for a night under the stars at Lanterns on the Lawn: A Family Campout on the Tryon Palace South Lawn to benefit the Tryon Palace Foundation.
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Governor’s Challenge Cornhole Tournament

Spend the day playing your favorite backyard game in North Carolina's favorite backyard as the Home Builders Association of Craven and Pamlico Counties presents "The Governor's Challenge" cornhole tournament.
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