Tryon Palace Celebrates 60th Anniversary

2019 Marks 60th Anniversary of Tryon Palace Opening as a Museum- April 6-7, 2019

Tryon Palace was the official residence and administrative headquarters of the British Governors of NC from 1770 to 1775, at which time it was known as the Governor’s Palace. Located in New Bern, NC the palace was often at the center of state occasions and royal hospitality. The residence was seized by rebel troops in 1775. Shortly after the state capital was relocated to Raleigh in 1792.
On April 8, 1959, Tryon Palace reopened to the public as a state museum, sharing North Carolina’s colonial past with the nation. This year, Tryon Palace invites you to celebrate 60 years of education, preservation, and inspiration in North Carolina’s first state capitol.
Visitors to the Palace will catch a glimpse at 1959 New Bern as costumed interpreters bring to life the excitement of Tryon Palace‘s grand opening celebration. Interpreters will share stories of how antiques were acquired, where items were found, and how ladies of New Bern were trained to become “hostesses” in the reconstructed Palace.
Explore the beautifully remodeled and rededicated Kellenberger Garden, one of many gardens at the palace. Visitors will have the opportunity to wander through the garden dedicated to Mr. and Mrs. John Kellenberger, two of the original benefactors of the Palace restoration.
Tryon Palace, NB
Throughout 2019, Tryon Palace will be celebrating this landmark event with lectures, programs, and performances. For more on Tryon Palace events, visit