Civil War Weekend

Saturday, March 3, 2018 - 10:00am to Sunday, March 4, 2018 - 5:00pm

The sights and sounds of the Civil War come to life during Tryon Palace Civil War Weekend on the grounds of the historic New Bern Academy. This event features an encampment of 35th Regiment of the United States Colored Troops, our state’s first regiment of African American Union soldiers. Visitors will also meet the Sisters of Mercy, a convent of Roman Catholic nuns who worked at the hospital that incorporated the New Bern Academy during the Civil War. While Unionists, the Sisters provided care to soldiers fighting for both the North and South.

The 37th regiment of the United States Colored Troops, the 135th regiment of the United States Colored Troops, and Battery B, the 2nd United States Colored Light Artillery will also be in attendance. 

Visitors can watch regiment drills, learn about Civil War-era medical treatments, and explore the war’s impact on free and enslaved people living in eastern North Carolina.

Also, discover New Bern’s Civil War history through exhibits inside the New Bern Academy Museum, which will open to the public from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

For Tryon Palace One Day Pass holders, the story will continue in the John Wright Stanly House where the Sisters of Mercy lived. Tours of the house will focus on the 1860s period, and ticket holders will meet one of the Sisters in residence.

For even more Civil War history, visitors can travel to the New Bern Battlefield Park, which is the site of the 1862 Battle of New Bern.

Civil War Weekend Schedule

Both Days

  • Civil War-focused tours of Stanly & Dixon Houses will begin at the Waystation and take place every ½ hour from 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Sister Veronica, one of the nuns who lived in the house following the Battle of New Bern, will speak to guests inside the Stanly House. (One Day Pass ticket required.)           
  • New Bern Academy Museum will be free to the public from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Ongoing activities at Academy include USCT encampment, storytelling, roaming interpreters, and the Sisters of Mercy.

On Saturday, March 3 there will be lecture and book signing by Michael Hardy for his "General Lee's Immortals." This lecture and book signing will take place in Cullman Performance Hall from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Click here for more information. 

 

FREE EVENTS AT THE ACADEMY:

Saturday, March 3

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.: USCT Encampment and Demonstrations
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.: Storytelling
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.: Learn about the Sisters of Mercy and how the Academy functioned as hospital
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.: Civil War Music
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.: USCT Encampment and Demonstrations
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.: Civil War Music
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.: Storytelling

 

Sunday, March 4

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.: USCT Encampment and Demonstrations
1:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.: Storytelling
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.: Learn about the Sisters of Mercy and how the Academy functioned as a hospital
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.: Storytelling
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.: USCT Encampment and Demonstrations
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.: Learn about the Sisters of Mercy and how the Academy functioned as a hospital
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.: Civil War Music

 

Location: 
New Bern Academy open 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. both days

Event Price

Free
Contact Email: 
info@tryonpalace.org
Contact Phone: 
252-639-3500
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