Tryon's Palace is know as the first state capitol of North Carolina. The mansion that stands today may only be a replica of the original completed in 1770, but impressive none-the-less. The original structure burned to the ground right after the state capitol was relocated to Raleigh, It wasn’t until the 1950’s that this modern recreation “faithful to the original architect’s plans” was built on the same site and opened to the public.
Tours are offered of the mansion, other historical homes nearby, gardens and the North Carolina History Center as part of their One-Day pass. The Visitor Center said to see everything it would take about 4 hours. There are options to pick and choose what you would like to visit. For kids, touring the formal gardens only is a great way to get the experience of the place but keep the kids outdoors where they can do some exploring.
Tryon Palace is only closed five days a year: Thanksgiving Day, December 23-25 (2015), and January 1. For the rest of the year, hours are as follows:
Monday through Saturday
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Governor’s Palace has guided tours every half hour, beginning at 10 a.m. and ending at 4 p.m. The Kitchen Office is a self-paced building open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Dixon and Stanly houses have guided tours throughout the day. The North Carolina History Center is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Check with the ticket desk for additional information and specific tour times.
Noon to 5 p.m.
529 South Front Street, New Bern, NC
Tips - The Gardens are stroller friendly. You may want to bring sunscreen, water and bug spray to be on the safe side.