>New Bern, NC – On April 8 and 9, homeowners will open their doors from 10:00am to 4:00pm so the public can visit some of the most beautiful and interesting homes in New Bern’s historic district. The 2011 Spring Historic Homes & Gardens Tour will provide behind-the-scenes look at 13 homes and gardens that are important to our town’s past and present. Patrons will tour the living quarters of these homes, learning about the original architecture, renovations, and furnishings. In addition, many downtown houses of worship will be open for tours, with some offering musical performances.
Among the gardens open to the public are the Tryon Palace garden which should be in full bloom. Tryon Palace’s Annual Heritage Plant Sale will also be held on their grounds during the tour. A discount of $5 is offered on the Time Travelers Pass and $3 on the Governor’s Pass when a Spring Homes Tour ticket is presented at the North Carolina History Center or the Waystation (across from the Main Gate).
Be sure to stop by the Olde Pinnix Drug Store, across the street from the old train depot at Hancock and Queen Streets, where you can grab a homemade bagged lunch to go or enjoy it in a quant ‘tea room’ setting. Bagged lunches are $5.00 and include a sandwich, chips, and beverage. Or you may reserve a lunch in advance by calling 252-636-6280. Coffee, tea, and delicious baked goods will be available throughout the day. A hospitality station will also be available at the Attmore-Oliver house, 511 Broad Street.
Advanced tickets can be purchased for $15 at New Bern Historical Society, New Bern Preservation Foundation, Carolina Creations, New Bern Riverfront Convention Center, Mitchell Hardware, Bank of the Arts, and Harris Teeter of New Bern. Please call 252-628-8558 for phone orders or for PayPal visit www.newbernhistorical.org. Tickets are $20 the day of tour. Active military and their dependents with ID may purchase tickets for $13. All proceeds of the tour are used to fund educational and revitalization projects of the Preservation Foundation and Historical Society. Please visit our websites or phone for additional information at http://www.newbernhistorical.org/ (252-638-8558) or http://www.newbernpf.org/ (252-633-6448).
Submitted by: Pat Schaible, Event Chair