Tryon Palace New Bern Reviews
You should try this on… Dec 19, 2015
The sumptuous homestead for a governor of the colony of North Carolina (when New Bern was the capital), touring Tryon Palace is a grand expedition. More a complex than a single structure as implied by the name, your first stop should be at the North Carolina History Center (529 South Front Street, the address given for the review) to purchase entrance. There are seven buildings, three galleries and fourteen acres of gardens to explore, for which a fee of $20 is charged, $10 for children (defined as “not yet graduated from high school”).
This entrance charge entitles you to a guided tour of the Governor’s Palace and a pair of historic homes at the site: the Stanly and Dixon Houses. All tours begin at regular intervals, the schedule varying with the season – just be at the front stoop when one is about to begin (you get a handy map when you pay admission, and everything is very close). Beyond this, your pass grants self-guided admission into buildings accompanying the palace (kitchen and stable), galleries at the History Center and the Gardens. That is a lot to take in, so I encourage you to budget plenty of time.
What really enhanced my experience was the guides. All were dressed in period costumes and clearly relished their roles. Every room was thoroughly decked out to portray colonial days, and though much was reproduction, the effort honestly transports you back in time. The guides are well informed and offer quite a few interesting tidbits on all the bric-a-brac. I enjoyed guided tours for the palace and Stanly House (where George Washington actually slept!), and every single guide was consistently enthused about sharing the past, which I found to be a refreshing bonus.
My only regret is visiting in winter when the gardens were not in full splendor. I have no doubt adding this visual beauty with the hospitable atmosphere and fascinating history would have enhanced the fun further. Tryon Palace is a good time and highly recommended.
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