>On April 13 and 14, 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 2012 Spring Historic Homes & Gardens Tour will provide a behind-the-scenes look at 11 homes and gardens that are important to our town’s past and present. Patrons will tour the living quarters of these homes and learn about the original architecture, renovations, and furnishings. In addition, many downtown houses of worship will be open for tour.
Among the gardens open to the public is 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. The Palace is offering a discount when a Spring Historic Homes & Gardens Tour ticket is presented at the ticket desk: (1-Day Pass) $3 off regular adult price and $2 for students, (2-day pass) $5 off regular adult price and $4 for students.
Be sure to stop by the Blades’ Veranda Café at the corner of Johnson and Middle Streets, on the porch of the Blades House, and enjoy a bagged lunch ($6) and refreshments. Coffee, tea, and delicious baked goods will be available during tour hours. Tryon Palace will offer seeds and herb plants for sale at the café. A beverage hospitality station will 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, and Harris Teeter of New Bern. Please call 252-638-8558 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 revitalization and educational projects of the Preservation Foundation and Historical Society.