Tryon Palace, in New Bern, was the official residence of the British Governors of North Carolina from 1770 until 1775. Eventually, to be more central in the newly formed state, the capital was moved to Raleigh in 1792. Some time shortly after that, the original palace was destroyed by a fire.
The palace was recreated, according to the original plans, in the 1950s. It’s an interesting part of North Carolina’s early history.
My favorite places at Tryon Palace are the formal gardens. While the plans for the original palace included garden plans, the original gardens were never implemented. The current gardens were designed by Morley Williams, who had assisted in the restoration of the gardens at Mount Vernon and Stratford Hall.
This walk along the garden wall is one of my favorite spots in the gardens. It’s a peaceful place where you can sit quietly and enjoy the beauty of the gardens. I also like that it’s just a little shaggy, not as well manicured as other parts of the garden. It just feels warmer to me.