On Thursday, June 20, join us for the 2nd Annual Juneteenth Celebration at Tryon Palace with guest speaker, Dr. David Dennard. Program Schedule: 7:00 p.m.: Present Flag, National Anthem (Lift Every Voice) 7:10 p.m.: Youth Image Theater Performance – PACE 7:20 p.m.: Youth-Performed Poetry – Y.E.L.L 7:30 p.m.: Lecture, Dr. David Dennard 8:15 p.m.: Q&A 8:30 p.m.: Reception About Juneteenth: Juneteenth was the oldest known observance of the ending of slavery in the United States. According to historical records, the celebration began on June 19, 1865, the day Major General Gordon Granger of the Union Army rode into Galveston, Texas in final execution of the Emancipation Proclamation. Issued by President Abraham Lincoln on September 22, 1862, the Emancipation Proclamation stated, among other things, “That on the 1st day of January, A.D., 1863, all persons held as slaves within any State or designated part of a State the people whereof shall they be in rebellion against the United States shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free…” In Texas, Granger’s announcement was met with great celebration among the population of enslaved Africans. According to one account, “On the evening of June 19, 1865, thousands flooded the streets of Galveston, rejoicing in their newly announced freedom. The sweet smell of barbecue smoke filled the air. Dancing feet pounded the dirt roads and harmonic voices sung spirituals. This was the day, Juneteenth, that would forever commemorate African American freedom.” Juneteenth celebrations today commemorate that memorable day in 1865 Texas and emphasize the achievement of African...
In 1783, North Carolina Governor Alexander Martin became the first American governor to issue a state order for celebrating the Fourth of July. Step back in time and attend one of our earliest celebrations of the Glorious Fourth! There will be a reading of the Declaration of Independence done on the Palace front steps following the Fife and Drum Corps Parade down the main Allee at 11am. The 1st NC Regiment of the Continental Line will be on the South Lawn during the event and will perform a firing demonstration directly after the reading of the Declaration of Independence. Kids will have a chance to practice using a quill pen to sign their own copy of the Declaration. We’ll have various individuals from the period (with several viewpoints from the period) roaming the grounds as well so guests can have a chance to chat with historic individuals.
On Friday, July 19, The Fifes and Drums of York Town will be performing on the Tryon Palace grounds. At 11:30 a.m., The Fifes and Drums of York Town will begin their march down the Grand Allée to the Tryon Palace South Lawn for their performance. The Fifes and Drums of York Town was formed for the American Bicentennial Celebration in 1976. Today they continue their mission to recruit youth between the age of 10 and 18 and train them in the rudiments and drill of 18th Century field music. A typical performance season consists of approximately 80 shows, many of which are conducted for the National Park Service and York County, as well as various historic venues along our Eastern seaboard including Mount Vernon, Washington D.C., Philadelphia and Valley Forge Pennsylvania, West Point, New York, and Boston, Massachusetts. Our members dress in period uniforms. The goal of all members is to promote into the Senior Corps and wear the red regimental uniform reminiscent of the uniform worn by 18th century musicians who served in the Continental Army in Yorktown, Virginia…where Freedom was Won! Learn more about The Fifes and Drums of York Town HERE! Location: Tryon Palace South Lawn Event Price Included with your purchase of a One-Day, Gardens, or Galleries Pass. Contact Email: email@example.com
Celebrate the cultural diversity of Eastern North Carolina with Tryon Palace during the Tryon Palace Multicultural Fair. Representatives from various cultural groups will have informational booths, demonstrations, and displays to share their culture with visitors. Enjoy all-day performances from the various cultural groups on hand inside the North Carolina History Center, with at least 1 per hour. Children can enjoy crafts and games throughout the Multicultural Fair.
On September 5th, 1802, a prominent New Bern lawyer met his political rival, a former State Governor, in a lethal duel on the streets of New Bern. Step back in time to an era where a man’s personal honor was his most cherished quality and any incursion on this prized value could result in fiery and violent retribution. Watch the drama unfold before your eyes in a gripping reenactment of this fateful day.
Have you ever wondered what life was like in a military camp? What did soldiers do in their downtime? Join Interpretive Programs Coordinator Gary Riggs for a closer look at camp life. Event Price: $6, Foundation Members Free
“Heritage Plants of ENC & Trade Specials” Tryon Palace and Craven County Agricultural Center will co-host the September garden lecture, “Heritage Plants of ENC & Trade Specials”. This garden lecture will focus on plants best adapted to face the weather challenges of Eastern North Carolina with a sneak peek of the plants available at the Tryon Palace Fall Plant Sale. The lecture features Hadley Cheris, Tryon Palace Gardens and Greenhouse Manager, and Jennifer Knight, community gardener and owner of Knightscapes Enterprises, a design/ build landscape firm. Knight is also a Craven County Master Gardener. This lecture is free and begins at 10 a.m. in Cullman Performance Hall at the North Carolina History Center.
Cullman Performance Hall, North Carolina History Center
Tryon Palace gardens will be open for free during MumFest weekend, Friday through Sunday, Oct. 11-13 in historic downtown New Bern. Hundreds of mums and a variety of fall blooming plants will be on display throughout the 16 acres of gardens of Tryon Palace during Garden Lovers’ Weekend. Gardens will be free and open to the public Friday, Oct. 11, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 12, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, Oct. 13, from noon to 6 p.m. Interior tours require the purchase of a ticket.