Completed in 1770, Tryon Palace served as the first permanent capitol of North Carolina and home to Royal Governor William Tryon and his family. During MumFest weekend the Palace grounds are open to the public.
Begin your MumFest Tryon Palace experience with the MumFest Concert on the South Lawn of the Palace where you will enjoy country music performances into the evening hours and under the stars. The concert is a ticketed event. Details to follow.
On Saturday and Sunday, October 8 – 9, take a break from the festival streets to stroll in the footsteps of colonial governors through more than 14 acres of beautifully-sculpted gardens. Be sure to visit the formal parterres of the Maude Moore Latham Garden and the Gertrude Carraway Garden for a brilliant display of chrysanthemums and explosion of color. These beautiful floral displays will provide a breath-taking backdrop for a weekend filled with free family entertainment, arts and crafts, and fabulous foods.
The New Bern Academy is also open to the public during MumFest. The Academy is home to four permanent exhibits focused on the Civil War, New Bern Architecture, and the history of the building itself.
Tyron Palace Gardens and the New Bern Academy are free and open to the public throughout MumFest weekend. The gardens are open as follows: Friday, October 7, 9am – 3pm; Saturday, October 8, 9am – 5pm; Sunday, October 9, Noon – 5pm. Tryon Palace will also host its annual fall Heritage Plant Sale on Friday and Saturday, October 7 – 8, from 9am to 5pm inside the main gate of the Palace. The New Bern Academy Museum is open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 12:30pm – 4:30pm. The entrance to the Tryon Palace Gardens is at the intersection of Pollock and George Streets; the New Bern Academy Museum is located at 508 New Street.