Join us on a tour of the Governor’s Palace and focus on the decorations for the upcoming “Christmas Belles: A Candlelight Christmas Celebration.” Hadley Cheris, Tryon Palace Gardens and Greenhouse Manager, will lead a tour of the first floor of the Governor’s Palace, describing the special items used in the decorations, sharing design tips, and explaining themes inspired by an 18th-century fascination with the East. Space is limited on each tour and flash photography is prohibited. Tours may involve walking and climbing stairs. Tickets do not include additional tours or access to the Tryon Palace Grounds. Discovering Tryon Palace: Holiday Décor Tours will take place on Wednesday, November 27, December 4, 11, 18, 2019. All tours will begin at the Tryon Palace Front Gates at 9:15 a.m. Tickets for tours must be purchased before 9:15 a.m.
This famed North Carolina tradition returns to Tryon Palace in 2019 with beautiful, new decorations and heartwarming holiday vignettes illuminated by the magical glow of candlelight. Experience the beauty, joy, and magic of the holidays as the women of Tryon Palace welcome you into their home for “Christmas Belles: A Candlelight Christmas Celebration.” As you walk through the Governor’s Palace and historic homes you will meet a century of New Bern’s women who carried the evolving traditions of English and American culture through the colonial period, into a blossoming nation, and through the Civil War. Meet the brave women who were comfortable with themselves and with power, who took aspects of their own future into their hands, and who supported each other and future generations through difficult times. Join Tryon Palace for its 39th year with decorations inspired by an 18th-century fascination with the East and traditional 19th-century Christmas décor. Visit with historic characters in period clothing, witness holiday vignettes spanning two centuries, and cap off your evening with a dazzling black powder firework display on the Palace South Lawn. Candlelight is a site wide event for Tryon Palace that includes tours of the Governor’s Palace, Stanly House, Dixon House, Commission House, and numerous activities on the grounds.Stay tuned to the Tryon Palace website and social media for more Candlelight updates!
North Carolina’s most notorious affair of honor – the Stanly-Spaight Duel. A young legislator goads an older statesman in a heated political contest. The older man insults the younger. All in public. In newsprint. Add the story of Sarah Rice, favored slave of the Spaights, who had a son by John Stanly. Combine it with the knowledge and wit of writer Bill Hand and the music of Simon Spalding and you have Honour, The Musical. This historic tale will be brought to life through original dialogue and music, as the full-length play sweeps you from the signing of the Constitution to the dispute that would lead these bitter rivals to a fight to the death on the field of honor.