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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Eve of Revolution: A Candlelight Christmas Celebration

Merriment, drama, and romance will fill the air this holiday season when Tryon Palace reaches the “Eve of Revolution.” Experience 300 years of Christmases past as families and soldiers come together on the eve of war. Held Dec. 13 and 20, Candlelight invites you to dance the night away with...
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'Face to Face: Civil War Sketches and Stories'

Experience New Bern's Occupation through the eyes of African Americans, Confederates, Union soldiers, and women caught between both North and South, as Tryon Palace opens its new Civil War exhibit, "Face to Face: Civil War Sketches and Stories." Spanning the March 1862 invasion of Burnside's forces...
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