After a week of snow and ice, families and friends were excited to venture outside of their homes to join us for Free Day. Held as always during the first Saturday in February, Free Day offered a full day of historic guided tours, hands-on activities, crafts and discounted admission to interactive exhibits inside the North Carolina History Center. On the historic side, visitors were able to tour the first floors of our historic buildings, including the Governor’s Palace, enjoy the smells and tastes of our historic kitchens, and explore the winter gardens. All activities were about making memories!
During Free Day at Tryon Palace we offered visitors a rare opportunity to dress in historic clothing and have their picture taken. Photos were taken by the historic costume coordinator, Laura Rogers, in Mattocks Hall. For a nominal donation visitors walked away with their very own 19th-century Carte de Visite-inspired photographs. The photo booth was a special opportunity for visitors to be a part of living history and to make memories with family and friends.
We would like to thank all of the visitors for participating in our Free Day, and a offer a special thanks to the Harold H. Bate Foundation, which sponsored this event.