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>"The Palace, by George!" – February 20-22

>President’s Day may have come and gone, but George Washington’s Birthday isn’t until February 22 and Tryon Palace Historic Sites & Gardens is celebrating the occasion. In honor of the birthday of our nation’s first president, Tryon Palace Historic Sites & Gardens is holding “The Palace, by George!” For the weekend of February 20, 21, and 22, special events at the Palace will celebrate George Washington and the years of early statehood.

Visitors named George or with variations of ‘George’ as their names will be given discounts for the Governor’s Pass ticket (visitors must show proof of ID).

Tours of the Palace will discuss George Washington’s 1791 visit to New Bern, and the festivities held in his honor. Learn how the Palace operated as the first state capital of North Carolina, and visit the Stanly House, where George Washington stayed during his time in New Bern.

On Saturday, kids can get hands-on and make a patriotic craft as part of the celebration. If you’re looking to make your own large-scale patriotic decorations, attend the free bunting lecture at 1 p.m. Saturday afternoon – – – learn about America’s history of celebrating patriotism with bunting, and get some decorating ideas of your own!

Crafts will take place Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The bunting lecture will be Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. Special tours will run Saturday through Monday, as will the discounted admission. The all-inclusive two day Governors Pass will be available at a reduced price of $12 for adults and $5 for students named George or with a variation of “George” in their names.

For directions and further information about special events, programs or group tours, phone (800) 767-1560 or (252) 514-4900 or visit Tryon Palace Historic Sites &amp Gardens website.

Submitted by: Nancy Hawley, Marketing and Communications Manager at Tryon Palace Historic Sites &amp Gardens