Tryon Palace Brings Regency Era to Life with ‘Jane Austen in June’

Tea tours, dancing, craft workshop, lecture slated for Saturday, June 7 

NEW BERN, NC – June 7, 2014

Tryon Palace invites lovers of literature and history alike to become immersed in the Regency era during “Jane Austen in June.” Held 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 7, this special event includes tea tours, dancing, painting, and a lecture celebrating the 200th anniversary of the publication of Austen’s Mansfield Park. 

“With every program that Tryon Palace offers, we try to create an experience that allows people to be transported to another time,” said Sarah Risty-Davis, Tryon Palace’s visitor program manager. “Normally people might associate that time with the 18th century or the Civil War, but ‘Jane Austen in June’ allows us to have some fun with a new era, the Regency. It’s not every day that you can come here and take a tea tour or participate in a dance class. So, it’s fun for us, and based on the feedback we got last year, it’s a lot of fun for the visitors as well.” 

Download the Event Map for Jane Austen in June and A Midsummer Night’s Party

Presented with support from the Jane Austen Society of North America’s (JASNA) North Carolina Regional group, events will be held in two of Tryon Palace’s historic homes—the Commission and Stanly houses—and in the North Carolina History Center. All-inclusive tickets for these events are $20 each and registration is required by 4 p.m. on Thursday, May 29, by calling 252-639-3524.

“All About Tea” Tour and Light Tea
This special tour invites visitors to the Stanly House, where they will explore the culture surrounding tea in Britain and early America during the Colonial and Regency eras. A light tea will be served at the tour’s end. 

Regency Era Dance Classes
Dancing played a very important role in Regency society, the characters in Austen’s book and in Eastern North Carolina. Dance classes will bring that influence to life as participants are invited to sit back and watch Tryon Palace’s dancers in action, or stand up and join in the fun themselves. Classes will be held in the Commission House, which is rarely open to the public and considered to be one of New Bern’s finest homes.

“Paint Your Own Tea Cup” Craft Workshop
Visitors will be able to paint their own design onto a tea cup, giving them a unique keepsake from their day spent in the Regency era.

“Uses and Abuses of Landscape in Mansfield Park
Join Tryon Palace and the Jane Austen Society of North America’s (JASNA) North Carolina regional group as they present a special lecture by guest speaker Dr. Inger S. B. Brodey. Dr. Brodey is the Bank of America Distinguished Term Professor in Honors, an Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature, an Affiliate faculty in the Department of Asian Studies, an affiliate faculty in Global Studies, and the Director of the Comparative Literature Program at UNC-Chapel Hill.  

For more information call 252-639-3500 or visit