Spring Historic Homes & Gardens Tour
April 7 & 8, 2017 marks the 50th Anniversary of New Bern’s Spring Historic Homes & Gardens Tour. The annual event is presented by the New Bern Historical Society and the New Bern Preservation Foundation, with a special New Bern Spider Lily sponsorship by the Neuse River Region Associations of REALTORS.
Ticket holders will be welcomed into private homes, gardens, and churches in three historic areas: the Downtown District, and the nearby Ghent and DeGraffenreid neighborhoods. The Ghent Historic District is significant in New Bern’s history as its second suburban residential development (and its only streetcar suburb). Although it was platted in 1906, most of its development dates between 1912 through 1942. The DeGraffenreid Park area is located next to Ghent. It was opened in 1926 and was the last important New Bern development of the 20th century. Its opening was touted as one of the finest subdivisions in this part of the state.
This self-guided tour provides an ideal opportunity to explore homes and landmarks that otherwise may not be available to the public. As an added attraction, Tryon Palace also opens its gardens free to the public and hosts its Heritage Plant Sale during this two-day event.
This year’s featured home is the Palmer-Tisdale House, a 250-year old home with a notable history, including being the home of William Tisdale, the silversmith who engraved the Great Seal of the State of North Carolina in 1778.
To help celebrate the 50th Anniversary, 1960s-themed events and memorabilia will be on display at the City Laundry which, along with serving lunch, will have live entertainment, including The Bears and The Down East Dulcimers.
Admission: Tickets are good for both days, are $18 in advance, $22 day of the tour and $14 for students, active duty military and dependents (with ID). There is also a special rate of $15 (each) for groups purchasing 10 or more tickets at the same time. Available at New Bern-Craven County Convention & Visitor Center, Historical Society Office, Preservation Foundation Office, Carolina Creations, Mitchell Hardware, Bank of the Arts, Savi’s Wine & Cheese, Ann Lynn’s, Village Butcher, three Harris Teeter Locations (Glenburnie Road, Carolina Colours and Morehead City) and in Greenville at ASAP Camera.