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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Explore the North Carolina History Center

The North Carolina History Center has revolutionized the visitor encounter at North Carolina's premier historic site, and set a new standard for the museum experience. Rotating exhibitions, waterfront dining, shopping, rare artifacts, and a wide variety of interactive historical activities keep the...
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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 present "The Governor's Challenge" cornhole tournament. Held Friday, Sept. 19, the Governor's Challenge invites amateur cornhole players to kick...
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'Face to Face: Civil War Sketches and Stories'

Experience New Bern's Occupation through the eyes of African Americans, Confederates, Union soldiers, and women caught between both North and South, as Tryon Palace opens its new Civil War exhibit, "Face to Face: Civil War Sketches and Stories." Spanning the March 1862 invasion of Burnside's forces...
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