Experience the life of a Revolutionary War soldier, sail a ship to port, enjoy a puppet show and other activities during Family Days at the North Carolina History Center and the Tryon Palace in New Bern.
Family Days are scheduled for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 16, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, in partnership with Suddenlink, which is becoming Optimum later this year.
Visitors will need galleries and gardens passes to enter. Passes are $12 for adults, $6 for ages 6 to 14, and free for 5 and under, to enter and can be purchased online or at the Ticket Desk, 529 S. Front Street, New Bern. Families with SNAP, WIC or Medicaid can show their card at the Ticket Desk to be admitted free of charge on both Tryon Palace Family Days, courtesy of Suddenlink.
At the North Carolina History Center, visitors will be able to see what a river town in the early 1800s was like through the Pepsi Portal to History, where they can experience sailing a ship into port, scrapping turpentine from trees, helping stock a general store and more, officials said.
In the Gateway Gallery, families can watch puppet shows scheduled for every half hour, participate in craft activities and enjoy free beverages and giveaways, provided by Suddenlink.
On the palace grounds, visitors can see what life was like as Revolutionary War soldier at the Military Encampment by cooking ash cakes in the coals, roasting and grinding coffee beans or cleaning and preparing their muskets as the soldiers ready for battle.
For more information, visit www.tryonpalace.org or call 252-639-3500.
Tryon Palace is part of the Office of Archives and History, under the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.
Tryon Palace, the home of North Carolina’s first Colonial and first state capitol, shares the state’s history from early settlement in 1710, through the development of statehood, and into the mid-20th century. The site includes historic buildings, gardens, and the North Carolina History Center that includes galleries, a performance hall, the museum store, and a waterfront café.