Tools for Teachers

Colonial Holiday Webcast from Tryon Palace

Produced by the N.C. Dept. of Cultural Resources, this pre-recorded webcast allows you to explore the history of the holidays with an 18th-century cooking demonstration and a hands-on historic craft to make at home or in the classroom.

For additional information, please call (252) 639-3584. The webcast is part of a series organized by the Connection to Collections Project (C2C) in the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources, in cooperation with the Tryon Palace staff. 

Field Trips & Student Tours

More than 300 years of history are available to teachers who choose Tryon Palace as one of their field trip destinations. Tours specializing in colonial America, 19th-century life, and cooking, allow school groups to experience history through interactive exhibits and knowledgeable character interpreters. These tours are reasonably priced and include one complimentary adult ticket for every 10 student tickets purchased. See what student group tours are currently available.

Living History Classroom

In each issue of The Living History Classroom, teachers will find articles, short stories, lesson plans, and activities designed to help students explore North Carolina history and culture, while utilizing observational and critical thinking, research, and discussion skills. For lesson plans and digital copies of our latest editions, visit The Living History Classroom.

Teacher Day

Tryon Palace hosts a Teacher Day each year, with free admission for teachers, and discounted admission for their families.  Generally held in late September, we invite you to check our online calendar for the next Teacher Day, as well as other educational programs held throughout the year. 

Standards of Study

History isn’t just educational—it’s also fun and entertaining. That’s why the staff at Tryon Palace has developed special tours, exhibits, and publications to help teachers engage their students in the exciting world of colonial and early American history.  Tryon Palace also creates educational resources for 4th- and 8th-grade Social Studies teachers with guidance from the N.C. Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) so that our materials easily correlate with North Carolina’s Standard Course of Study.