Civil War Weekend


Palace Opens New Exhibit, Hosts Encampment during Civil War Weekend

Activities Held March 15-16 at Academy Museum, Historic Homes, N.C. History Center

NEW BERN, NC – March 15-16, 2014

Discover the impact the Civil War had on American families as Tryon Palace brings the 1860s back to life during “Civil War Weekend: A Family Divided.” Held March 15-16, Civil War Weekend includes a military encampment, cannon drills, take-home crafts, special tours, and the grand opening of a new Civil War exhibit at the Academy Museum entitled, “Face to Face: Civil War Sketches and Stories.”

“This year, I think Civil War Weekend is bringing a level of excitement to the Academy Museum that we haven’t seen in several years,” said Philippe Lafargue, acting director for Tryon Palace. “We have activities occurring all over the site, but at the Academy it’s going to be very busy with the Confederate encampment, cannon drills, and the most interesting of all, our new Civil War exhibit.”

 “Face to Face” invites visitors to experience New Bern’s Occupation through the eyes of African Americans, Confederates, Union soldiers, and women caught between both North and South. Spanning the March 1862 invasion of Burnside’s forces, through the devastation of the 1864 yellow fever epidemic, “Face to Face” reveals the daily lives of both military officials and citizens under their rule through artifacts, audiovisual panels, compelling stories, and period images. Medicine, emancipation, education, espionage, and traditional mourning of the dead are some of the themes explored through the framework of wartime and its challenges. This exhibit also brings together sketches by soldier-artists, including Tryon Palace’s own Fred W. Smith collection, portraying scenes of civilian and camp life.

Other featured Civil War artifacts include:

  • Civil War drum captured at the Battle of New Bern, March 14, 1861
  • Civil War-era patriotic apron on loan from the New Bern Historical Society
  • Amputation kit from the Civil War period
  • Recreated hospital scene depicting a yellow fever outbreak

Designed through a joint effort among the Tryon Palace Foundation, Tryon Palace, the New Bern Historical Society, and the North Carolina Dept. of Cultural Resources, “Face to Face” will remain open throughout the year every Saturday and Sunday, from 12:30-4:30 p.m.

The Charlotte Artillery regiment will also be on the Academy Green, where they’ll conduct hospital discussions and artillery drill demonstrations throughout the day.

Civil War Weekend events encompass Tryon Palace’s historic houses and the North Carolina History Center. Other special activities include Civil War-themed tours of the Stanly and Dixon houses, crafts, and a photo booth that allows visitors to dress in fashions from the 1860s. Carte Visite-inspired photographs of visitors in their historical clothing will be available for a small fee. All other activities, including admission to the Academy Museum’s “Face to Face” Civil War exhibit, are included with the cost of general admission.

Most activities will be held between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturday, and 1-4 p.m. on Sunday. For additional information about times and events, call 252-639-3500 or visit

Tryon Palace Media Contact

Craig Ramey

Marketing and Communications, Manager

Phone: (252) 639-3511



About Tryon Palace

Tryon Palace, located in New Bern, NC, is part of the Office of Archives and History, an agency of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. Tryon Palace is one of North Carolina’s most significant historic sites. It is the home of the Governor’s Palace, North Carolina’s first colonial and first state capitol, and includes historic buildings, gardens and the North Carolina History Center, which revolutionizes the visitor experience through use of the latest interactive  technology. The History Center includes galleries, a performance hall, the museum store and a waterfront café. Tryon Palace’s mission is to engage present and future generations in the history of North Carolina from early settlement in 1710, the development of statehood and into the mid-twentieth century. It is dedicated to collecting, interpreting and preserving objects, buildings, landscapes and events that enrich understanding of the making of our state and nation.

Tickets and visitor information are available at Tryon Palace, 529 S. Front St., New Bern. For directions and further information about special events, programs or group tours, employment and more, visit our web site: or phone (800) 767-1560 or (252) 639-3500.

About the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources

The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources (NCDCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state’s cultural resources to build the social, cultural and economic future of North Carolina. Led by Secretary Susan Kluttz, NCDCR’s mission is to enrich lives and communities by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history and libraries in North Carolina that will spark creativity, stimulate learning, preserve the state’s history and promote the creative economy. NCDCR was the first state organization in the nation to include all agencies for arts and culture under one umbrella.

Through arts efforts led by the N.C. Arts Council, the N.C. Symphony and the N.C. Museum of Art, NCDCR offers the opportunity for enriching arts education for young and old alike and spurring the economic stimulus engine for our state’s communities. NCDCR’s Divisions of State Archives, Historical Resources, State Historic Sites and State History Museums preserve, document and interpret North Carolina’s rich cultural heritage to offer experiences of learning and reflection. NCDCR’s State Library of North Carolina is the principal library of state government and builds the capacity of all libraries in our state to develop and to offer access to educational resources through traditional and online collections including genealogy and resources for the blind and physically handicapped.

NCDCR annually serves more than 19 million people through its 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, the nation’s first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the N.C. Arts Council and the State Archives. NCDCR champions our state’s creative industry that accounts for more than 300,000 jobs and generates nearly $18.5 billion in revenues. For more information, please call (919) 807-7300 or visit