Thu 9th Feb
Thu 9th Feb
3:30 pm
4:30 pm
The Palace often conjures images of the Governors and their families who called the building home. What often is missing from the picture, however, is the number of staff, free and enslaved, who cooked the food, cared for the horses, emptied the chamber pots, and anything else that was required to make a life of luxury possible.
“Life on the Lesser Stairs” will take you on a tour of the Palace, Stables, and Kitchen Office to shine a light on the individuals who also called the Palace home but whose lives were not as glamorous.
Tour goes to the Palace, Stables, and Kitchen Office first floors. Space is limited on each tour and flash photography is prohibited. Tours may involve walking and climbing stairs.
New Bern, NC, New Bern, NC
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Wed 15th Feb
Wed 15th Feb
11:30 am
1:00 pm
Forgotten Black Soldiers at the Battle of New Bern
Presented by Historical Society Historian Claudia Houston
The question has been asked many times over the years – did Black soldiers fight at the Battle of New Bern on March 14, 1862? Not possible, right? After all, the US Colored Troops weren’t formed until 1863. Though scant documentation exists, Historian Claudia Houston has followed elusive threads of evidence of Blacks who joined Union ranks prior to Emancipation and the formation of the Colored Troops. Her fascinating program will answer the question with a resounding “yes.” Claudia will introduce William Henry Johnson, an independent man of color who did, indeed, fight for the Union at the Battle of New Bern.
Let’s dine and discover together over a great lunch from The Chelsea Restaurant!
Prepaid reservations required. Cost is $24 for Historical Society members and $27 for nonmembers, which includes your meal, drinks, service, and gratuity. Entree choices are Blackened Mahi with Ginger Cream ~ or ~ Chicken New Berne with Sherry Cream Sauce. Both are served with rice pilaf, green beans, strawberry layer cake, rolls, iced tea, and coffee. Cash bar is also available.
For more details, visit newbernhistorical.org.
Carolina Colours Pavilion, 3300 Waterscape Way, New Bern, NC, 28562, United States
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Thu 16th Feb
Thu 16th Feb
3:30 pm
4:30 pm
The Palace often conjures images of the Governors and their families who called the building home. What often is missing from the picture, however, is the number of staff, free and enslaved, who cooked the food, cared for the horses, emptied the chamber pots, and anything else that was required to make a life of luxury possible.
“Life on the Lesser Stairs” will take you on a tour of the Palace, Stables, and Kitchen Office to shine a light on the individuals who also called the Palace home but whose lives were not as glamorous.
Tour goes to the Palace, Stables, and Kitchen Office first floors. Space is limited on each tour and flash photography is prohibited. Tours may involve walking and climbing stairs.
New Bern, NC, New Bern, NC
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Thu 16th Feb
7:00 pm
8:00 pm
Performance based upon the Life of ELIZABETH KECKLEY (1818 – 1907)
The first of our African American History Lecture Series this year, is also in celebration of Black History Month. Tryon Palace is excited to offer this inspiring performance.
TAMI TYREE: Playwright, historian, actress will present her one-woman, one act play based upon the life and times of Elizabeth Keckley (1818-1907) inspired by Mrs. Keckley’s 1868 memoir “Behind the Scenes Thirty Years A Slave Four Years in the White House.”
Elizabeth Keckley rose to fame as Mary Todd Lincoln’s exclusive dressmaker during her White House years. She is also recognized as America’s first black fashion designer/entrepreneur.
Ms. Tyree’s dramatic portrayal takes flight from gently implied issues in “Lizzie” Keckley’s book. We delve into both the “glamour and grit” of her life: colored not only with silks and satin, scarred by sexual trauma, complications of mulatto status, motherhood, and the battle for she and her son’s freedom. Hers is a story of love, marriage, and the ultimate sacrifice: a son as a casualty in the Civil War.
Presentation will also feature readers of letters from the National Archives written to President Lincoln by (black) Civil War mothers and soldiers in the United States Colored Troops.
This event is FREE and open to the public.
For more information, call Sharon Bryant, Tryon Palace African American Outreach Coordinator at 252-639-3592, or email at sharon.bryant@ncdcr.gov.
Cullman Performance Hall, 529 S. Front Street, New Bern, NC
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Sat 18th Feb
Sat 18th Feb
9:15 am
10:15 am
From the grounds of the first permanent capital of the colony in New Bern, explore the time-travelling stories from the Outlander books and cable series. In the 2022 Outlander morning tour, The Spark of Rebellion, we walk in the literary footsteps of Colonel James Fraser, his wife Claire, and their family as they journey through the events leading to Revolution. Through interactions with historic interpreters in the local militia, a local physick, and palace servants, you will learn that recently appointed Royal Governor Josiah Martin has taken his oath to King and Country amid whispers of discontent and unrest among the colonists. Join us to learn more of the facts versus fiction as the Fraser family and their friends review the aftermath of the Battle of Regulation and begin to determine – as do you – are we to stand for the King, or is it time to risk everything in the pursuit of Liberty?
This ticket does not include a tour of the Palace itself nor the North Carolina History Center. The ticket does include the Tryon Palace Gardens and guests are encouraged to explore these areas of the site on their own after the tour concludes.)
Tryon Palace, 529 S Front St., New Bern, NC, 28562, United States
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Sat 18th Feb
4:00 pm
5:15 pm
This tour is based upon book 6 of the Outlander series, A Breath of Snow and Ashes, and the corresponding season 6 of the series, The Storm of Revolution. The forces for independence have been unleashed and Governor Josiah Martin has ordered Claire Fraser to assist him as he plots to stop the Revolutionaries. Colonel James Fraser has joined local forces marching to the capital.
The time to choose has arrived – will you swear your Loyalty to the King, or enlist with others seeking Liberty? Enter Tryon Palace to learn of the real choices being made by the Royal Governor, the fictional Fraser family, their friends and other colonists of North Carolina at the dawn of the American Revolution. Step into Claire Fraser’s literal literary footsteps as you tour Tryon Palace and along the way encounter historic interpreters who will reveal the facts-versus-fiction of Revolutionary events.
The Storm of Revolution tour includes access to the Tryon Palace Gardens. Guests are encouraged to check in early to explore the gardens on their own prior to the tour or after the tour concludes. Tryon Palace Gardens close at 6:00 pm.
Tryon Palace, 529 S Front St., New Bern, NC, 28562, United States
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Thu 23rd Feb
Thu 23rd Feb
3:30 pm
4:30 pm
The Palace often conjures images of the Governors and their families who called the building home. What often is missing from the picture, however, is the number of staff, free and enslaved, who cooked the food, cared for the horses, emptied the chamber pots, and anything else that was required to make a life of luxury possible.
“Life on the Lesser Stairs” will take you on a tour of the Palace, Stables, and Kitchen Office to shine a light on the individuals who also called the Palace home but whose lives were not as glamorous.
Tour goes to the Palace, Stables, and Kitchen Office first floors. Space is limited on each tour and flash photography is prohibited. Tours may involve walking and climbing stairs.
New Bern, NC, New Bern, NC
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Wed 15th Mar
Wed 15th Mar
11:30 am
1:00 pm
The Dreamers—The Doers!
Five Women Who Moved a Neighborhood & Rebuilt a Palace
Presented by Lindy Cummings, Tryon Palace Research Historian
In an era when women didn’t have the freedom to open a checking account or apply for credit, a group of dynamic women undertook an ambitious project: the removal of the 200-block of George Street, relocation of a major highway, and the reconstruction of North Carolina’s first permanent capitol, Tryon Palace. New Bern would not be the place it is without the visionary leadership of Minnette Chapman Duffy, Maude Moore Latham, Kate B. Reynolds, May Gordon Kellenberger, Ruth Coltrane Cannon, and Gertrude Sprague Carraway. Together, they worked tirelessly for the next 30 years to make the dream of a reconstructed Tryon Palace a reality. Who better to tell their story than Tryon Palace Research Historian Lindy Cummings? Lindy will share insights into their roles as visionaries, philanthropists, and motivators.
Prepaid reservations required. Cost is $24 for Historical Society members and $27 for nonmembers, which includes your meal, drinks, service, and gratuity. Entree choices are Honeymoon Chicken (hand-breaded chicken with creamy sauce) ~ or ~ Mahi Bruschetta. Both are served with rice pilaf, sauteed zucchini and squash, lemon layer cake, rolls, iced tea, and coffee. Cash bar is available. Visit newbernhistorical.org to book your seat or call 252-638-8558.
Carolina Colours Pavilion, 3300 Waterscape Way, New Bern, NC, 28562, United States
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Sat 18th Mar
Sat 18th Mar
9:15 am
10:15 am
From the grounds of the first permanent capital of the colony in New Bern, explore the time-travelling stories from the Outlander books and cable series. In the 2022 Outlander morning tour, The Spark of Rebellion, we walk in the literary footsteps of Colonel James Fraser, his wife Claire, and their family as they journey through the events leading to Revolution. Through interactions with historic interpreters in the local militia, a local physick, and palace servants, you will learn that recently appointed Royal Governor Josiah Martin has taken his oath to King and Country amid whispers of discontent and unrest among the colonists. Join us to learn more of the facts versus fiction as the Fraser family and their friends review the aftermath of the Battle of Regulation and begin to determine – as do you – are we to stand for the King, or is it time to risk everything in the pursuit of Liberty?
This ticket does not include a tour of the Palace itself nor the North Carolina History Center. The ticket does include the Tryon Palace Gardens and guests are encouraged to explore these areas of the site on their own after the tour concludes.)
Tryon Palace, 529 S Front St., New Bern, NC, 28562, United States
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Sat 18th Mar
4:00 pm
5:15 pm
This tour is based upon book 6 of the Outlander series, A Breath of Snow and Ashes, and the corresponding season 6 of the series, The Storm of Revolution. The forces for independence have been unleashed and Governor Josiah Martin has ordered Claire Fraser to assist him as he plots to stop the Revolutionaries. Colonel James Fraser has joined local forces marching to the capital.
The time to choose has arrived – will you swear your Loyalty to the King, or enlist with others seeking Liberty? Enter Tryon Palace to learn of the real choices being made by the Royal Governor, the fictional Fraser family, their friends and other colonists of North Carolina at the dawn of the American Revolution. Step into Claire Fraser’s literal literary footsteps as you tour Tryon Palace and along the way encounter historic interpreters who will reveal the facts-versus-fiction of Revolutionary events.
The Storm of Revolution tour includes access to the Tryon Palace Gardens. Guests are encouraged to check in early to explore the gardens on their own prior to the tour or after the tour concludes. Tryon Palace Gardens close at 6:00 pm.
Tryon Palace, 529 S Front St., New Bern, NC, 28562, United States
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Fri 24th Mar
Fri 24th Mar
6:00 pm
9:00 pm
Enjoy a guided walk by lantern light along the wooded trails of Battlefield Park and hear first-hand the moving stories of real characters who found themselves in New Bern in 1862.
Not a battlefield tour or a program about the Civil War, these are poignant human stories of their experiences, largely based on letters, diaries, and contemporaneous accounts
Open to the public. Tickets will go on sale mid February. Check back on newbernhistorical.org for more details.
New Bern Battlefield Park, 300 Battlefield Trl, New Bern, NC
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Sat 25th Mar
Sat 25th Mar
6:00 pm
9:00 pm
Enjoy a guided walk by lantern light along the wooded trails of Battlefield Park and hear first-hand the moving stories of real characters who found themselves in New Bern in 1862.
Not a battlefield tour or a program about the Civil War, these are poignant human stories of their experiences, largely based on letters, diaries, and contemporaneous accounts
Open to the public. Tickets will go on sale mid February. Check back on newbernhistorical.org for more details.
New Bern Battlefield Park, 300 Battlefield Trl, New Bern, NC
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Sat 1st Apr
Sat 1st Apr
10:00 am
3:00 pm
Come learn about some of the many military groups that have evolved throughout history at the NC History Center. Several military reenactmanet units from Tryon Palace and across the state will be onsite representing miltary history from the Revolutionary War through WWII
North Carolina History Center, New Bern, NC, United States
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Sat 8th Apr
Sat 8th Apr
11:30 am
4:00 pm
Harry Goodman Battlefield Adventure Day is an annual springtime event for the entire family held at the New Bern Battlefield Park, 300 Battlefield Trail. This Saturday event is filled with learning activities and living history. Young recruits and their parents are greeted by reenactors from the 5th, 7th, and 26th NC Regiments, 35th US Colored Troops, and artillery from McCullough Living History. The newly enlisted recruits participate in practice drills, Civil War period camp activities, crafts, and games. Adults and teens will enjoy living history presentations and a walking tour of the battlefield. A commissary lunch provided by Moore’s Barbecue and Country Biscuit will be served to all. The day’s activities will conclude with an exciting mock battle reenactment that includes the children and a live-fire cannon demonstration.
Registration begins middle of February. Check back on newbernhistorical.org for updates!
New Bern Battlefield Park, 300 Battlefield Trl, New Bern, NC
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Sat 15th Apr
Sat 15th Apr
9:15 am
10:15 am
From the grounds of the first permanent capital of the colony in New Bern, explore the time-travelling stories from the Outlander books and cable series. In the 2022 Outlander morning tour, The Spark of Rebellion, we walk in the literary footsteps of Colonel James Fraser, his wife Claire, and their family as they journey through the events leading to Revolution. Through interactions with historic interpreters in the local militia, a local physick, and palace servants, you will learn that recently appointed Royal Governor Josiah Martin has taken his oath to King and Country amid whispers of discontent and unrest among the colonists. Join us to learn more of the facts versus fiction as the Fraser family and their friends review the aftermath of the Battle of Regulation and begin to determine – as do you – are we to stand for the King, or is it time to risk everything in the pursuit of Liberty?
This ticket does not include a tour of the Palace itself nor the North Carolina History Center. The ticket does include the Tryon Palace Gardens and guests are encouraged to explore these areas of the site on their own after the tour concludes.)
Tryon Palace, 529 S Front St., New Bern, NC, 28562, United States
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Sat 15th Apr
12:00 pm
3:00 pm
Learn about the various professional trades of 18th century medicine, to include Apothecary, Surgery, Military Medicine, domestic medicine, Midwifery and Dentistry.
This program will discuss the many aspects of 18th medicine from some of North Carolina’s most talented and enthusiastic interpreters and historians. This program will consist of two simultaneous parts and would be presented by speakers/interpreters in both Mattocks Hall and Cullman Performance Hall of the North Carolina History Center.
Part I: Five speaker presentations in Cullman Performance Hall, rotating every 20 minutes, in which each speaker will discuss their topic on 18th century medicine.
Part II: An interactive display in Mattocks Hall of 18th century medical instruments, medicinal remedies and other curiosities that will be staffed by four speakers, in costume, while presentations are being held in Cullman Hall.
SPEAKERS TO INCLUDE:
Charles Brett. Charles is a Tryon Palace Volunteer and was previously a volunteer and Apprentice at the Pasteur and Galt Apothecary Shop in Williamsburg, VA. Charles will discuss the origins, education, and trade skills of being an Apothecary in the 18th century, both in England and British North America.
Chris Grimes. Chris is a volunteer and medical historian with Alamance Battlefield Historic Site, Guilford Courthouse Battlefield, Historic Halifax, House in the Horseshoe Historic Site and is a member of His Majesty’s Detached Hospital in North America. Chris will be discussing Dr. Alexander Gaston and the medicines he provided and sold in New Bern.
Mike Williams. Mike is a medical historian and is the Commanding Officer and Senior Surgeon of His Majesty’s Detached Hospital in North America, a non-profit organization that has presented numerous 18th century medicine programs and attended multiple historic events throughout the state and is widely consulted at other state historic sites on 18th century medicine such as Alamance Battlefield, Guilford Courthouse, Moore’s Creek Battlefield, House in the Horseshoe Historic Site and Historic Halifax.  Mike will be presenting his topic on 18th century military medicine and surgery, illness and injury in colonial military camps and various treatments available to medical professionals.
John Mosley. John is the Historic Sites Manager at Fort Fisher Historic Site in Kure Beach, North Carolina, and a medical historian/interpreter. John regularly teaches and interprets 18th medicine and dentistry for state historic sites including Brunswick Town and Moore’s Creek Battlefield. John will be presenting the practice of dentistry in the 18th century, particularly in the colonies of British North America, and how the field evolved from the medical practices of doctors and surgeons.
Shannon Walker.Shannon is the Assistant Site Manager/Programs Coordinator for Brunswick Town/ Fort Anderson Historic Site in Winnabow, North Carolina. Shannon is a medical historian/interpreter for the art of Midwifery and the practice of domestic medicine by women in the 18th century. Shannon will be presenting her topic on childbirth in the 18th century and the role women played in the practice of domestic medicine in British North America. (This would be particularly interesting for our Outlander fans.)
North Carolina History Center, New Bern, NC, United States
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Sat 15th Apr
4:00 pm
5:15 pm
This tour is based upon book 6 of the Outlander series, A Breath of Snow and Ashes, and the corresponding season 6 of the series, The Storm of Revolution. The forces for independence have been unleashed and Governor Josiah Martin has ordered Claire Fraser to assist him as he plots to stop the Revolutionaries. Colonel James Fraser has joined local forces marching to the capital.
The time to choose has arrived – will you swear your Loyalty to the King, or enlist with others seeking Liberty? Enter Tryon Palace to learn of the real choices being made by the Royal Governor, the fictional Fraser family, their friends and other colonists of North Carolina at the dawn of the American Revolution. Step into Claire Fraser’s literal literary footsteps as you tour Tryon Palace and along the way encounter historic interpreters who will reveal the facts-versus-fiction of Revolutionary events.
The Storm of Revolution tour includes access to the Tryon Palace Gardens. Guests are encouraged to check in early to explore the gardens on their own prior to the tour or after the tour concludes. Tryon Palace Gardens close at 6:00 pm.
Tryon Palace, 529 S Front St., New Bern, NC, 28562, United States
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Fri 21st Apr
Fri 21st Apr
10:00 am
5:00 pm
On April 19, 2023, the New Bern Historical Society will be 100 years old! But hitting the century mark does not mean slow and doddering. On the contrary! This lively organization is preparing to spend a whole year in celebration and has released a special 100th Anniversary logo to remind people of all the exciting events coming up through 2023.
In addition to all the popular events that folks have come to expect from the Historical Society like Ghostwalk, Heritage Homes Tour and the Hallowed Ground Lantern Tour, they are planning some very special celebrations including special presentations and walking tours. One of the most exciting is the result of a partnership with Tryon Palace. Expect to see an exceptional exhibit at North Carolina History Center Duffy Gallery Through the Looking Glass, Journey Through the Last Hundred Years scheduled to be available April-December 2023.
North Carolina History Center, New Bern, NC, United States
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