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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The Fourth of July at Tryon Palace

Celebrate the birth of America with a full day of free events held at North Carolina's first state capitol. From a reading of the Declaration of Independence in the morning, to fireworks at night, this is a New Bern tradition that is not to be missed.
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Piggin' & Grinnin'

Bluegrass and folk bands from around North Carolina and across the country will come together for a celebration of food and music this September during the inaugural Piggin’ and Grinnin’ festival at Tryon Palace, North Carolina’s first capitol.
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