The Honey Bees of Tryon Palace

Like their own separate kingdoms, the Tryon Palace bee brood boxes under the reigns of queens Charlotte and Margaret are filled with anywhere between 30,000-60,000 honey bees working for the betterment of their colonies. Established on Marc h 22, just inside the greenhouse area of Tryon Palace...
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Tryon Palace Foundation President Receives NCMC Award

‘Award for Special Recognition’ given to Nelson McDaniel during annual conference Whether he is meeting with state leaders to promote the historical value of Tryon Palace, soliciting donors, volunteering his time for lectures and events, or shoveling snow to clear the path for a fundraising event,...
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Fifty years of Tryon Palace Historical Interpreters

More than 50 men and women that have served as Tryon Palace historical interpreters over the past 50 years gathered for a luncheon at The Chelsea in downtown New Bern Wednesday, April 22. The group ranged from those still actively volunteering and others like 99-year-old Elizabeth Midyette, who...
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Tryon Palace Launches New Book with Lecture, Exhibit on Palace History

‘Building a Legacy’ to be held Sunday, April 26 at the N.C. History Center Join Tryon Palace Research Historian Siobhan Fitzpatrick as she explores the history of Tryon Palace, North Carolina’s first permanent capitol during “Building a Legacy,” a free lecture held in conjunction with the release...
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Tryon’s Tots and Explorers Children’s Programs Return

Monthly series begins Saturday, April 18 Families are invited to chart a course for the North Carolina History Center for immersive new children’s programs scheduled for the second Saturday of every month beginning in April. Tryon’s Tots and Tryon’s explorers programs will be held alternating...
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Free Children’s Spring Art Workshop at Tryon Palace

Gardens-inspired crafts and free garden admission for kids April 18 Children ages 5-12 are invited to the North Carolina History Center for a free Spring Art Workshop from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, April 18. Space for this event is limited and parents are encouraged to sign up their children...
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Special Exhibit Celebrates Reconstruction of Tryon Palace

'Rebuilding Tryon Palace’ opens in North Carolina History Center April 5 Tryon Palace will celebrate the history of its 20th-century reconstruction with “Rebuilding Tryon Palace,” a free exhibit opening in the Duffy Exhibition Gallery this Sunday, April 5. Rebuilding Tryon Palace explores the...
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Tryon Palace Gardens Open Free for Garden Lover’s Weekend

Gardens weekend and Spring Heritage Plant Sale begin April 10 Visitors will see the splendor of tulips and spring blooms at Tryon Palace during Garden Lover's Weekend, set for the weekend of April 10-12 in historic downtown New Bern. Throughout Garden Lover’s Weekend the 16 acres of Tryon Palace...
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New George Washington Exhibit Opens in North Carolina History Center

Panel exhibit located inside Mattocks Hall through May 17 “The Many Faces of George Washington,” a national traveling exhibition that examines the multi-dimensional, real-life man behind the myth of the first U.S. president, has opened at the North Carolina History Center in downtown New Bern...
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It's Spring and the Bees are Buzzing

Our two packages of bees settled in and went straight to work in late March. Located on the northeast wall behind the greenhouse and nursery yard, the hives are buzzing. The girls (the workers) are bringing in pollen and beginning to build up the brood comb. The bees have a lot to eat here and don’...
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Annual East Carolina Pottery Festival comes to Tryon Palace

The 7th Annual East Carolina Pottery Festival will be held on Saturday, April 11 inside the North Carolina History Center in downtown New Bern, North Carolina. Over 50 local potters will gather at the North Carolina History Center to exhibit and sell their pottery, as well as, demonstrate throwing...
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Tryon Palace Reopens Blacksmith Shop, Adds Living History Demonstrations

Colonial tradition returns in March; Shop open Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays NEW BERN, NC – March 19, 2015 One of Tryon Palace’s most popular attractions, the blacksmith shop, has reopened to the public after being closed for more than three years. Visitors can now hear and experience living history...
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Discover the History of Tryon Palace in New Book

Telling a story in pictures is Tryon Palace, the newest addition to Arcadia Publishing’s popular Images of America series. The book by the Tryon Palace Commission is set to release on April 13, 2015. The book boasts over 200 vintage images, many of which have never been published, and showcases...
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‘Mamas Got the Blues’ Offers Live Music, Film Experience at Tryon Palace

African American Lecture Series showcases female blues and jazz greats March 19 The works of female jazz and blues icons will come together March 19 during “Mama’s Got the Blues,” a free multimedia production by blues guitarist and singer songwriter Ruth Wyand, and filmmaker Jean Antolini. Held as...
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Tryon Palace Gardens Mid March Madness

Spring — look quick or you might miss it! New leaves and flowers are budding on trees and shrubs. Frogs and turtles have returned to their ponds. Honey bees are happy with more variety. The egg laying machine, the Queen, is in high gear and the girls, the workers, are bringing in orange, red and...
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K-12 Student Art Returns to Tryon Palace Showcasing Local Talent

Free exhibit showing in Duffy Exhibition Gallery through March 24 Artwork by students from area schools is currently featured in the annual K-12 Student Art Show, presented by the Craven County Schools visual arts educators and held in the North Carolina History Center’s Duffy Exhibition Gallery...
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Total Visitation at Tryon Palace Grows by 25 Percent in 2014

Carolina Publishing names Palace to top-20 list for most visited historic sites Tryon Palace finished 2014 with a 25-percent increase in total visitation over the previous year, and moved into the top 20 list of North Carolina’s most visited historic attractions. The 11th annual list was announced...
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The Blooms of March

After all the ice and snow of the past couple weeks, just think spring. With warmer days ahead the honey bees will begin venturing out for cleansing flights and looking for a snack. Look for them in the lawn areas on the Henbit ( Lamium amplexicaule ), which has lavender blooms, and the Dandelion...
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Lunch and Learn Series Explores the People, Culture of Tryon Palace

Lunch series kicks off in March at North Carolina History Center Tryon Palace invites visitors to learn about the characters and cultures that populated Tryon Palace and the surrounding areas of New Bern during a month-long “Lunch and Learn” series that begins Friday, March 6. This brownbag lunch...
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Spring Bridal Show Brings More Than 40 Wedding Pros to Tryon Palace

Anything, everything needed for wedding planning March 1 Find everything you need for your wedding in one place during the Eastern North Carolina Bridal Association’s 2015 Spring Bridal Show to be held from 1-4 p.m., Sunday, March 1. Held inside the North Carolina History Center in historic...
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Tryon Palace Makes ConventionSouth Magazine's Top Southern Sites

Palace historic sites and gardens named one of 22 top spots for social events Tryon Palace Historic Sites and Gardens have been named one of the 22 Attractions in the South for Sizzling Social Events by the editors of ConventionSouth magazine. ConventionSouth, a national multimedia resource for...
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Sleepy Hollow features multiple Tryon Palace locations in finale

What if Benjamin Franklin lived in the Stanley House? What if the Dixon House was the residence of Ichabod and Katrina Crane? What if Tryon Palace itself was actually a colonial military stronghold? Well, in the season two finale of Fox's "Sleepy Hollow," they were. Scenes shot and filmed around...
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Take a Peek Behind-the-Scenes at Tryon Palace

Tryon Palace will offer behind-the-scenes tours every Tuesday at 2 p.m., beginning March 3. Alternating weekly between the costume shop and historic gardens, each tour provides an inside perspective on the day-to-day inner workings of life at the palace. Tours of the costume shop will include...
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Lambe Brings Puppet Show "Our Country, Our State" to Tryon Palace

Pat Lambe, the professional storyteller known as Patti Cake, will host a storytelling puppet show in celebration of Black History Month Saturday, Feb. 28, at the North Carolina History Center. Appropriate for all ages, Patti Cake’s “Our Country, Our State” will tell stories of George Washington...
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February is Blooming

Although Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow and an icy storm just dusted eastern North Carolina, there are still plenty of options to observe the flowing flora around Tryon Palace and surrounding historic grounds. The pink trees in the Carraway Garden are flowering apricot ( Prunus mume ). The lemony...
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