Stanly-Spaight Duel Interpretation Showcases Infamous New Bern History at New Bern Academy

Stanly-Spaight Duel

New Bern, NC – Join Tryon Palace at the annual reenactment of the Stanly-Spaight Duel, an interpretation of an infamous moment in New Bern’s early history at 4 p.m. on Saturday, August 31, at the New Bern Academy.

On September 5th, 1802, a prominent New Bern lawyer met his political rival, a former State Governor, in a lethal duel on the streets of New Bern. Step back in time to an era where a man’s personal honor was his most cherished quality and any incursion on this prized value could result in fiery and violent retribution. Watch the drama unfold before your eyes in a gripping reenactment of this fateful day.

While at the New Bern Academy, visit the New Bern Academy Museum which features local history, architecture, and an exhibit on New Bern’s Civil War history. The New Bern Academy Museum is open free to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. that day, and 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

This reenactment will include black powder firings and feature replicas of period weapons, which are loud and sudden.

Upcoming Events at Tryon Palace

Tryon Palace Presents: Stedman Graham and Robert J. Brown: Lessons on Leadership and Identity – August 22

Live and Local: Tryon Palace Beer Festival – August 24

Behind the Scenes: Museum Technology Tour – August 27

Tryon Palace Children’s Summer Movie Series Presents: The Goonies – August 29

Behind the Scenes: Costume Shop Tour – September 3

First Friday Lecture: Military Camp Life – September 6

Submitted by: Regina A. Ochoa, Director of Public Affairs, Tryon Palace