Whether you’re interested in the Revolutionary War, a fan of Outlander (if you’ve read the book or seen the television series, you know what I mean) or just interested in learning more about North Carolina history, the Tryon Palace is a great destination for your day or weekend trip.
Completed in 1770 for Royal Governor William Tryon and his family, Tryon Palace served as the first permanent capital of North Carolina.
Described as the grandest public building in all of the colonies, it became a controversial issue when backcountry residents listed its cost as one of the grievances in the 1764 rebellion of the Regulators. You can join Tryon Palace’s long history of distinguished visitors, such as President George Washington, as you walk around more than 20 historical buildings and 14 acres of period gardens, watch living history programs, and enjoy craft and domestic skill demonstrations. You can also take time to see other historic buildings and visit the History Education Center on the Trent River.
Learn about colonial North Carolina and her role in the Revolutionary War when you visit Tryon Palace and New Bern.