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(January 2008) Enlarge Tryon Palace was one of the finest mansions of its time and place, and has been compared with the Governor's Palace at Williamsburg as a painstaking reconstruction of an important 18th-century building. It was built, 1767-70, to the late Georgian design of John Hawks, an English architect brought to America for this purpose. The two-story central block contained a full basement and attic, and was used for the Governor's residence and assembly meetings; of the two connecting wings, the west was stables and the east the kitchen and Governor's secretary's office. The building passed into colonial control in May 1775, and was the seat of North Carolina's State government until the capital was moved to Raleigh in 1794. Deserted, the palace fell rapidly into ruin. In 1944 Mrs. Maude Moore Latham established a trust fund for its reconstruction, and next year the Tryon Palace Commission was established. The fund has been increased by other gifts including the bequest of Mrs. Latham's entire estate, making possible a comprehensive research project and careful reconstruction of the structure. With buildings furnished and grounds landscaped, Tryon Palace has proved to be the object of great visitor interest. Courtesy of NPS

(January 2008) Enlarge Palmer Tisdale House: Built by Col. Robert Palmer, Purchased in 1776 by silversmith and patriot William Tisdale. Wartime residence of Governor Edward Stanly, sent by President Lincoln to begin bringing North Carolina back to the Union



(January 2008) Enlarge The New Bern First Presbyterian Church served as a Union hospital after the battle


(January 2008) Enlarge John Wright Stanly House, birthplace of General Lewis Armistead


(January 2008) Enlarge Corner view of Armistead's birthplace


(January 2008) Enlarge Civil War Trails Stanly House interpretive marker

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