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Live Music Added to Heritage Homes Tour

DownEast Dulcimers
DownEast Dulcimers

Four Groups on Back Porch Stage April 12 & 13

When you take a break at the Garden Party at the New Bern Historical Society’s Heritage Homes Tour on April 12 & 13, you’ll be entertained by some of the area’s most popular musicians. Taking the Back Porch Stage at the Attmore-Oliver House from 11am – 3pm on Friday and Saturday will be Simon Spalding, The Duzan Duo, The DownEast Dulcimers and Big Jim and Kathy Kohler. The New Bern Historical Society is planning an exciting two-day event and the addition of live music means an extra layer of fun. From the historic, folk and early 60’s music of Simon Spalding to the blues of the Kohlers; from the acoustic sounds of the Duzans to the folk sprinkled with early rock and roll of the Dulcimers; the music will liven up your day and perk up your step. After a stop for refreshments and music at the Garden Party, you’ll be ready to continue your Tour.

The Duzan Duo
The Duzan Duo

And what a Tour! You’ll join The New Bern Historical Society in a grand celebration of New Bern’s enduring beauty with a tour of 18 of her remarkable homes in five historic neighborhoods – Downtown, Dryborough, Riverside, Ghent, and DeGraffenried Park.

Simon Spalding
Simon Spalding

Traditional historic homes, restorations in progress, newly completed renovations, and beautiful gardens will all be on display, many for the very first time.  Visitors will be invited to tour the historic properties over the two days, Friday, April 12 and Saturday, April 13.

Big Jim & Kathy Kohler
Big Jim & Kathy Kohler

Guests are invited to take a break during the tour at the Garden Party Pavilion behind the Attmore-Oliver House. There you’ll enjoy refreshments, live music and visit with historic characters – all part of your ticket!  Master gardeners will present a special heritage garden demonstration, and food trucks along the route will offer lunches to help guest maximize their tour schedules.

Tickets, good for both days, are available at New Bern Historical Society office at 511 Broad Street, 252-638-8558, and online at NewBernHistorical.org/tickets. They are also available at outlets at Mitchell Hardware on Craven Street, the Bank of the Arts on Middle Street, Harris Teeter on MLK Blvd and in Carolina Colours. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 the day of the tour, and $15 for active duty military, students, and those in groups of 10 or larger.

Premier Sponsor for Heritage Homes Tour is Neuse River Region Association of Realtors which includes Century 21 Zaytoun-Raines, Neuse Realty, Coldwell Banker Willis-Smith, Trent River Realty and Keller Williams Realty. Media sponsors are WCTI 12, Public Radio East, the New Bern Sun Journal and Beach, Boogie & Blues.

The mission of the New Bern Historical Society is to celebrate and promote New Bern and its heritage through events and education. Offices are located in the historic Attmore-Oliver House at 511 Broad Street in New Bern. For more information, call 252-638-8558 or go NewBernHistorical.org or Facebook.com/NewBernHistoricalSociety.

Written by: Mickey Miller, Executive Director

Submitted by: Kathy Morrison, Public Relations, New Bern Historical Society