- Tryon Palace
- North Carolina History Center
Students will explore over 300 years of local history with a tour of Tryon Palace’s historic and re-constructed buildings. Interact with costumed interpreters as they share anecdotes about early American history. Next, visit the North Carolina History Center, which immerses students in a virtual village from 1835 for a day in the life working at the wharves and a turpentine distillery, among other local businesses. This comprehensive trip allows students to explore Tryon Palace and soak up the rich history of New Bern and eastern North Carolina.
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.
Interactive, multi-person games and hands-on exhibits delight visitors young and old at the North Carolina History Center, while guided tours, trade demonstrations, and conversations with costumed interpreters bring history to life in vivid detail at the Governor’s Palace, Gardens, and Historic Homes. Whether you’re exploring one of our riverside gardens or sharpening your skills as a quilter, printer, ship’s captain, or cook, there are endless opportunities for making cherished family memories at Tryon Palace.