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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Stanly-Spaight Duel

On September 5th, 1802, John Stanly, a prominent New Bern lawyer, met his political rival and former State Governor Richard Dobbs Spaight in a lethal duel on the streets of New Bern. Step back in time to an era where a man’s personal honor was his most cherished quality and any incursion on this...
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Governor's Challenge Cornhole Tournament

Spend the day playing your favorite backyard game in North Carolina's favorite backyard as the Home Builders Association of Craven and Pamlico Counties presents "The Governor's Challenge" cornhole tournament.
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North Carolina in the Great War

North Carolinians contributed to the World War I in a variety of ways, from women serving as nurses in military hospitals in France, to the production of artillery shells in Raleigh and ships in Wilmington, and ultimately the 480,491 men from North Carolina who registered for service. This exhibit...
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