Tryon Palace is pleased to announce that we are reopening the Stanly House to visitors Wednesday, October 3. Beginning Wednesday, visitors may tour the Stanly House along with the Governor’s Palace, Kitchen Office, Stable Office, and historic grounds and gardens, as well as the New Bern Academy Museum.
The Stanly House is one of three historic buildings on the Tryon Palace site, and was built in the early 1780s by John Wright Stanly, a prominent New Bern citizen. The Stanly House is an important building in New Bern’s history, having housed the local Revolutionary War hero, housing President George Washington during his 1791 Southern Tour, serving as the first headquarters of General Ambrose E. Burnsides and as a Union hospital in the Civil War, and acting as New Bern’s public library from 1935 – 1965. It was gifted to the Tryon Palace Commission in 1966, when it was moved to its current location. It was opened to the public in 1972, and remains one of the finest examples of Georgian architecture in the South.
During Hurricane Florence, the Stanly House sustained minor wind damage, including broken shutters and window panes. An 18th-century Irish crystal chandelier was broken from a wind-driven object, and is currently being repaired in the Tryon Palace Conservation Lab. The Conservation Lab restorations currently in process can be viewed during the Behind the Scenes: Conservation Lab tour, 2 p.m., October 9. After the hurricane, staff assessed damage to the outside, inside, and collections within the building, and restaged the rooms in preparation to conduct tours.
Visitors to Tryon Palace may purchase a discounted, group-rate “Governor’s Pass” ticket to tour open buildings and grounds at the Waystation at the corner of George and Pollock Streets, Saturday at 9 a.m. A “Governor’s Pass” costs $12 for adults, $4 for children. Normal business hours will resume upon the opening. Hours of operation are: Tuesday – Saturday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. (last tour at 4 p.m.), Sunday, 12 p.m. – 6 p.m. (last tour at 4 p.m.), and closed Monday.
At this time, the Dixon House and North Carolina History Center remain closed. Please pay attention to www.tryonpalace.org or our social media for more updates about exhibit and site openings, as well as upcoming and rescheduled events.