Visitors can tour behind the scenes of the Tryon Palace Costume Shop, Gardens, and Conservation Lab throughout April. All tours begin at 2 p.m. at the Waystation, located on the corner of George and Pollock streets.
Located inside the historic Jones House, tours in the Tryon Palace Costume Shop will be led by historic clothing interpreter Leslie Lambrecht April 4 and 25. Visitors can learn about historical clothing research techniques, the fabrics used for Palace costumes, how Lambrecht costumes for the different eras at Tryon Palace and much more.
Tryon Palace Conservation Specialist Richard Baker will lead a tour of the Conservation Lab April 11. During the tour, Baker will discuss the conservation work completed on the artifacts on exhibit in the Governor's Palace, North Carolina History Center and historic house museums. Visitors can observe the techniques and tools used by the conservation staff and learn techniques they can use to care for their own items at home.
A behind-the-scenes tours of the 16 acres of Tryon Palace gardens will be held April 18. Tryon Palace gardeners will lead a tour to view what is blooming in the spring gardens, including irises, anemones, wood hyacinth, red bud, red buckeye, columbine, mountain pinks and ragged robins. The gardeners will also discuss methods used to maintain and enhance the varied types of gardens at Tryon Palace. Tour will only be cancelled in the event of thunder and lightening.
Admission is $6 plus tax for adults and $3 plus tax for youth grades 1-12. Space is limited on each tour.