Discover the History of Tryon Palace in New Book

Telling a story in pictures is Tryon Palace, the newest addition to Arcadia Publishing’s popular Images of America series.  The book by the Tryon Palace Commission is set to release on April 13, 2015.  The book boasts over 200 vintage images, many of which have never been published, and showcases memories of days gone by. 

(Update: Images of America: Tryon Palace is now available in the Tryon Palace Museum Store.)

Located at the intersection of two rivers that lead out to the ocean, Tryon Palace was completed in 1770 and became the first permanent capitol of North Carolina. Designed by John Hawks, the structure’s Georgian edifice is flanked by two Palladian-style administrative buildings. The palace initially housed royal, then state, governors who oversaw the implementation of colonial and state laws. 

Destroyed by fire in 1798, the estate’s only surviving building was the stable wing. In the 1920s, a determined group of preservationists and historians spearheaded the effort to reconstruct the Colonial palace. 

On April 10, 1959, Tryon Palace reopened as North Carolina’s premier historic site. It is now home to the North Carolina History Center. Annual events include a candlelight celebration during the winter holidays and the revival of Jonkonnu, an Afro-Caribbean Christmastide tradition in eastern North Carolina. Tryon Palace celebrates the rich heritage of an important historic landmark beloved by North Carolinians and visitors alike.

Available at area bookstores, independent retailers, and online retailers, or through Arcadia Publishing at (888)-313-2665 or online.  

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