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30

Nov

2012

NC

Tryon Palace (New Bern, NC)

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Tryon Palace
529 South Front Street
New Bern, NC 28562

I found myself standing in front of Tryon Palace early on a Sunday morning, before it’s gates were open to the public.  It was a warm August morning, and it was my first visit to New Bern, North Carolina.  I was mostly alone in the historic district – and didn’t have much time since I had to get back on the road before the tours of the Palace started up for the day.  Next time, I’ll plan better – it’s a beautiful place.

Tryon Palace is a modern reconstruction of the colonial palace of the Province of North Carolina and the home of Royal Governor William Tryon and his family.  London architect John Hawks designed and built the original Georgian palace, which was completed in 1770, and it served as the first permanent capitol of North Carolina.

From the Tryon Palace website:

“Tryon Palace was the site of the first sessions of the general assembly for the State of North Carolina following the revolution and housed the state governors until 1794. In 1798, fire destroyed the original Palace building. An extensive 30-year campaign to rebuild the Palace and restore the grounds was launched by the people of New Bern, state leaders, world craftsmen, and generous, dedicated citizens such as Mrs. James Edwin Latham. Their efforts led to the triumphal reopening of the Palace in 1959. Today, the Palace lives on as a testament to history, community and rebirth.