One of our most enjoyable tours was our visit to the Tryon Palace. The Palace was constructed for Royal Governor William Tryon between 1767 and 1770. During and after the Revolutionary War, the Palace was used as both a residence for the Royal Governor and as a meeting place for the colonial assembly. In 1798, the Palace and adjoining buildings were destroyed by fire and only the stable remained. In the 1950's, using the architect's original plans, the Palace was rebuilt on its original site. It is furnished with rare 18th century furnishings, and reflects the world of colonial America before the dawn of the American Revolution. The tour guides and other staff at the Palace are dressed as if they also are a part of colonial America, and they cook, weave, sew, and perform many of the tasks which would have taken place during that era. Everything we saw reminded us again and again of Williamsburg, Virginia. We thououghly enjoyed the Palace and highly recommend that anyone visiting New Bern also visit it. The house, the stables, the kitchen, & the beautiful gardens make the visit very unforgettable. Be sure and ask for the two day pass. It doesn't cost any more than the one day ticket, and lets you take your time and really enjoy all of the historic homes and the New Bern Academy Museum which are included in the admission price.