Tryon Palace & North Carolina History Center
529 South Front Street
New Bern, NC 28560
Join us on this special day as we explore how we remember our history! Tour the first floors of our historic buildings, enjoy the smells and tastes of our historic kitchens, and explore the winter gardens—all free of charge! In the North Carolina History Center, have fun with the whole family while enjoying free hands-on crafts, such as quilt making with interpreters in historic clothing, or take advantage of our discounted gallery passes and visit our interactive exhibits, including the traveling exhibit “Blackbeard’s Queen Anne’s Revenge 1718.”
Tryon Palace will also offer visitors a rare opportunity to dress in historic clothing and have their picture taken. These pictures will be taken in Mattocks Hall for a nominal donation and you’ll be able to walk away with your very own 19th-century Carte de Visite-inspired photograph.
Two free lectures are scheduled at Cullman Hall, beginning at 10am with a lecture focused on discovering your genealogy, and a second at 2pm entitled “Filling in the Blanks: Rediscovering ‘Lost’ History.”
With TLC’s massively popular series “Who Do You Think You Are” already in its 5th season and Ancestory.com having recently expanded its services to include in-home DNA testing, there’s no denying that people are interested in researching their own genealogy! Join Victor T. Jones, Jr., Department Head of the New Bern-Craven County Public Library’s Kellenberger Room, as he gives invaluable insights and tips for anyone interested in genealogical research. His free presentation will be given at 10:00am in Cullman Auditorium. And don’t miss Rebecca Arthur, adjunct instructor of American history for Liberty University Online, as she delves into “lost” pieces of our history and explores how historical research, living history museums, and archaeology can help us to rediscover them. Her lecture, Filling in the Blanks: Rediscovering “Lost” History, will be held at 2pm.
Free Day is made possible thanks to a generous donation from the Harold H. Bate Foundation.
Free Admission to Gardens, First Floors of Historic Buildings, and the North Carolina History Center’s Mattocks Hall & Gateway Gallery.
Reduced ticket price to the North Carolina History Center's Regional History Museum, Duffy Gallery & Pepsi Family Center.
Free for kindergarten and younger.