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Colonial for a Day

April 9, 2022 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Tryon Palace is launching a new youth program for those who wish for a first-hand experience of how youngsters would have dressed and lived during the time of George Washington and Governor Tryon in Colonial America.  Colonial for a Day, debuts on Saturday, April 9, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon.  Designed for youth, ages 7 to 10 years, with one accompanying adult, participating youth will be fitted in period costume by our Historic Clothing Interpreter in Tryon Palace’s Costume Shop.

As their 18th century attire is selected, participants will learn more about their garments, how they are different from today, and what purpose the garments served.  There will be a walk to the Palace grounds to  visit with men and women interpreters at the military encampment on the Palace grounds to find out what children’s chores were like and some of the crafts that they would have been expected to know.  A fun colonial game on the grounds follows, and then a return to the Costume Shop for clothing crafts.

Parents and grandparents, be sure to bring your cameras as there will be plenty of photo opportunities to keepsake their Colonist’s Day at Tryon Palace. A pose in costume in front of the Palace or amongst the military encampment will make a perfect memento. Family and friends should plan to join their “colonist” on the Palace grounds as it is Garden Lovers Weekend and admittance to the gardens is FREE.


Tryon Palace
529 S Front St.
New Bern, NC 28562 United States
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