Tryon Palace Celebrates 60th Anniversary April 5 – 7 with Lectures, Tours, and Dedications

NEW BERN, N.C. – March 28, 2019
Tryon Palace invites you to celebrate 60 years of education, exploration, and inspiration at North Carolina’s First State Capitol, April 5 – 7. Tryon Palace will mark their diamond anniversary with lectures, speciality tours, the grand opening of a new gallery, and the dedication of the remodeled Kellenberger Garden throughout the weekend.

On Friday, April 5, Lindy Cummings, Research Historian, will present “First Friday: Celebrating 60 Years: A Tryon Palace Anniversary.” This lecture will explore the history of the efforts to rebuilt the Palace and the key individuals behind it. The lecture will be held at 2 p.m. in the Cullman Performance Hall in the North Carolina History Center. Tickets are $6 per person, and free to Tryon Palace Foundation members. 

On Saturday and Sunday, April 6 and 7, Tryon Palace welcomes visitors to see the Governor’s Palace like you’ve never seen it before with 60th Anniversary Celebration Tours. Visitors to the Palace will catch a glimpse of 1959 New Bern as costumed interpreters bring to life the excitement of Tryon Palace’s Grand Opening celebration. In the Council Chamber, meet Mrs. Kellenberger as she shares the story of how original blueprints were discovered along with detailed descriptions of how certain items in the Palace were purchased. Wander to the Dining Room, where Ms. Carraway will be training a new hostess. Tours are included with a One-Day Pass, $15 for adults, and $10 for children (grades 1-12), or free for Tryon Palace Foundation members. 

While visiting Tryon Palace during this momentous weekend, visit the newly remodeled Kellenberger Garden, which will have been rededicated during a private ceremony on April 4. Named for two benefactors of the Palace rebuild, the Kellenberger garden joins traditional 18th-century garden design with Mrs. Kellenberger’s favorite color – pink. 

Learn more about the original collection of decorative arts and antiquities at the Tryon Palace “Treasures from the Attic” exhibit, located in the Guion Gallery, which will be dedicated to Bess Guion during a ceremony Friday, April 5. The new permanent exhibit will feature rotating collection items that were part of the original collection at Tryon Palace that no longer meet the historical interpretation of the historic site. View these rare and beautiful collection pieces beginning Saturday, April 6. 

Also on display in the North Carolina History Center are two exhibit cases featuring collection items original to the Grand Opening of the Palace on April 8, 1959. Get a view of how the founders of the museum celebrated the landmark occasion 60 years ago. 

This is a historic occasion in Tryon Palace’s distinguished history, and we hope you will celebrate with us.