Fact Friday 280 - Historic Tryon Palace

Fact Friday 280 - Historic Tryon Palace


Happy Friday!

This portrait of Queen Charlotte (without the mask) can be viewed alongside one of King George III within the council chamber of Tryon Palace in historic New Bern, N.C.

Located along the picturesque Trent River in historic downtown New Bern, Tryon Palace awaits.

Tryon Palace was completed in 1770 and served as North Carolina’s first permanent capital as well as the home to the Royal Governor, William Tryon, and his family.

Does the name Tryon sound familiar?

If you connected it to Charlotte’s Tryon Street, then you are correct. The now-busy street was named after the historic governor who was also instrumental in campaigning for the establishment of Charlotte College, a part of the University of North Carolina.

If you are looking for a family-friendly road trip idea from the Charlotte area, a four-hour trip to New Bern and Tryon Palace is worth considering.

After the Revolution, Tryon Palace continued as North Carolina’s capital until 1792 when Raleigh was established as the new state capital. Although the original Palace burned down in 1798, efforts from New Bern residents led to the Georgian structure being rebuilt on its original foundation crafted from two sets of John Hawkes’ architectural drawings discovered in London and New York.  It reopened in 1959, and Tryon Palace now stands as a testament to the history and rebirth of the region.

In addition to the Palace, you can immerse yourself in eastern North Carolina’s history at the 60,000 sq. ft. North Carolina History Center. Deemed one of the state’s “greenest public buildings,” the museum features exhibits and interactive installations that will transport you back in time.

The Palace grounds are also home to over 16 acres of Instagram-worthy gardens that change with each season.

Take a self-guided stroll as you admire the beauty of everything from tulips, marigolds, and celosia in gorgeous 18th-century parterre gardens adorned with period statues, to kitchen gardens abundant with herbs and vegetables. Or meander through the Wilderness Garden on paths that lead alongside the scenic Trent River.

2021 will bring a new exhibit for the 250th anniversary of Tryon Palace—A Lasting Monument: Creating North Carolina’s First Permanent Capitol.

To celebrate the holiday season, it's said that a tour of the decorated Palace is a must. I'm definitely putting it on my to-do list!

Decorated with elaborate greenery, ribbon, fruit, and florals, the Palace shines during the holidays. 

“In December 2021, we hope to once again be inviting everyone to Tryon Palace for our spectacular Candlelight, an annual event that celebrates the joy and magic of the holidays,” a Palace spokesperson says.

For more on Tryon Place Tickets & Tours, click here

Until next week!


Email me at chris@704shop.com if you have interesting Charlotte facts you’d like to share or just to provide feedback!

Information taken from: 

"Palace in N.C.'s Second Oldest Town Reflects Charlotte History," Charlotte Magazine, December 3, 2020


“We have to do with the past only as we can make it useful to the present and the future.” – Frederick Douglass

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