Fall Family Day Brings Food and Fun to Tryon Palace

Cooking Demos, Crafts, Hay House Tours, Author’s Lecture Offered Sept. 27

Fall Family Day invites visitors of all ages to experience life in the 18th century with colonial cooking demonstrations, take-home crafts and a special hands-on museum experience in the Hay House. Activities will be held across Tryon Palace from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Sept. 27.

The Hay House is an 1835 home that will come to life with character interpreters who portray Hay household members and neighbors. The New Bern Academy Museum, North Carolina’s first publicly chartered school, will be open as well, offering two Civil War exhibits, an architectural exhibit, and an exhibit focused on the Academy’s history as a school. The Hay House will be open 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. and the New Bern Academy Museum will be open 12:30-4:30 p.m.

Craft activities are designed for school-age children and will be held across Tryon Palace. From making whirligigs in the North Carolina History Center, to candle dipping in the Hay House, every youngster will leave with their own piece of history. No advance registration is needed and all activities are included with the cost of a ticket.

Author Christian McBurney will give a lecture at 2:30 p.m. about his new book, Kidnapping the Enemy: the Special Operations to Capture Generals Charles Lee and Richard Prescott. The story begins Dec. 13, 1776, when a party of British dragoons surprised and captured New Jersey Major General Charles Lee, second-in-command in the Continental Army, behind only George Washington. In order to have a British captive the same rank as Lee, Rhode Island’s William Barton planned and executed the cross-bay capture of Major General Richard Prescott at a farmhouse on Aquidneck Island, north of Newport, then occupied by a British army of 3,500 soldiers and commanded by General Prescott. Barton’s raid was the outstanding special operation of the Revolutionary War, and still ranks as one of the greatest in American military history.

Kidnapping the Enemy also addresses British treatment of “rebel” officers who became prisoners, such as General Lee, and whether Lee at the time of his capture was trying to take over command of the Continental Army from Washington.

Fall Family Day is held in conjunction with Teacher Appreciation Day, which includes free admission for teachers and discounts for their family members. Teachers with a valid ID can attend Fall Family Day at no cost and family members will be given discounted admission. This special offer gives teachers an opportunity to explore Tryon Palace’s museums and educational programs, and discover how Tryon Palace programs can be linked to Common Core and Essential Standards in the classroom.

In addition to all of Tryon Palace’s Fall Family Day cooking activities, the Kitchen Office is a featured stop on the Kitchens of New Bern Tour. Held as a fundraising event for the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina, the Kitchens of New Bern Tour is a unique opportunity to visit the various kitchens located in historic downtown New Bern, including Tryon Palace’s Kitchen Office. Tickets to the Kitchens of New Bern Tour are not included with Tryon Palace admission but can be purchased at the North Carolina History Center. For more information about the Kitchen Tours of New Bern, visit newbern.foodbankcenc.org.

Upcoming events at Tryon Palace include:

Sept. 27: Fall Family Day

Sept. 27: Kitchens of New Bern Tour

Oct. 10-12: MumFest Weekend

Oct. 10-11: Fall Hertitage Plant Sale

Oct. 24: 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing Concert

Dec. 13 and 20: Eve of Revolution: A Candlelight Celebration

For more information about Fall Family Day call 252-639-3500 or visit www.tryonpalace.org.