Tryon Palace Reopens Blacksmith Shop, Adds Living History Demonstrations

Colonial tradition returns in March; Shop open Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays

NEW BERN, NC – March 19, 2015
One of Tryon Palace’s most popular attractions, the blacksmith shop, has reopened to the public after being closed for more than three years. Visitors can now hear and experience living history demonstrations in the shop from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
Located between the Kitchen Office and the Dixon House, the authentic 18th-century blacksmithing shop gives visitors a chance to learn about period blacksmith tools and techniques as historic interpreters craft various items using a hammer, anvil and furnace.
LeRae Umfleet, Tryon Palace Assistant Director, said the blacksmith shop is a key attraction for visitors to make a connection with their tours of the palace and grounds.
“I think for the visitor experience, having things like the blacksmith shop open for visitors to see, smell and hear is very important,” Umfleet said. “In my mind the blacksmith shop was one of the first things we needed to find a solution for when I came on board. Once I discovered we had a core group of volunteers interested in making that happen, I said, ‘let’s make it happen.’”
A crucial grant from the Kellenberger Historical Foundation helped kick start the initiative to restore the blacksmith shop.
The blacksmith shop is currently open three days a week and is expected to expand its schedule as the summer season approaches. For updated information about the blacksmith shop’s current operating schedule call 252-639-3500 or visit

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Craig Ramey
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Phone: (252) 639-3511
About Tryon Palace
Tryon Palace, located in New Bern, NC, is part of the Office of Archives and History, an agency of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. Tryon Palace is one of North Carolina’s most significant historic sites. It is the home of the Governor’s Palace, North Carolina’s first colonial and first state capitol, and includes historic buildings, gardens and the North Carolina History Center, which revolutionizes the visitor experience through use of the latest interactive  technology. The History Center includes galleries, a performance hall, the museum store and a waterfront café. Tryon Palace’s mission is to engage present and future generations in the history of North Carolina from early settlement in 1710, the development of statehood and into the mid-twentieth century. It is dedicated to collecting, interpreting and preserving objects, buildings, landscapes and events that enrich understanding of the making of our state and nation.
Tickets and visitor information are available at Tryon Palace, 529 S. Front St., New Bern. For directions and further information about special events, programs or group tours, employment and more, visit our web site: or phone (800) 767-1560 or (252) 639-3500.
About the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources
The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources (NCDCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state’s cultural resources to build the social, cultural and economic future of North Carolina. Led by Secretary Susan Kluttz, NCDCR’s mission is to enrich lives and communities by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history and libraries in North Carolina that will spark creativity, stimulate learning, preserve the state’s history and promote the creative economy. NCDCR was the first state organization in the nation to include all agencies for arts and culture under one umbrella.
Through arts efforts led by the N.C. Arts Council, the N.C. Symphony and the N.C. Museum of Art, NCDCR offers the opportunity for enriching arts education for young and old alike and spurring the economic stimulus engine for our state’s communities. NCDCR’s Divisions of Archives and Records, Historical Resources, State Historic Sites and State History Museums preserve, document and interpret North Carolina’s rich cultural heritage to offer experiences of learning and reflection. NCDCR’s State Library of North Carolina is the principal library of state government and builds the capacity of all libraries in our state to develop and to offer access to educational resources through traditional and online collections including genealogy and resources for people who are blind and have physical disabilities.
NCDCR annually serves more than 19 million people through its 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, the nation’s first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the N.C. Arts Council and the State Archives. NCDCR champions our state’s creative industry that accounts for more than 300,000 jobs and generates nearly $18.5 billion in revenues. For more information, please call (919) 807-7300 or visit