A statement from Bill McCrea, Executive Director, Tryon Palace:
In the wake of Hurricane Florence, Tryon Palace staff are working hard to assess the damage the storm caused at the historic site and the North Carolina History Center. It is of the utmost important to management at Tryon Palace and at the state that the safety of the site be fully assured before staff can return and begin cleanup efforts, and that state standards for safety and wellness are met and exceeded. All Tryon Palace sites and grounds will be closed until the safety of the site can be be assured for visitors. Please pay attention to our website and social media for further announcements. We thank you for your patience as we do what needs to be done to make the site safe for our staff and, in time, visitors.
The staff worked in a timely and efficient manner in preparing for this storm. In the days leading up to the storm, staff made arrangements for the protection of the buildings, the technology, the artifacts and – most importantly – their families. I’d be remiss if I didn’t call particular attention to the bravery of the Security staff, who weathered the storm in the North Carolina History Center security offices, following all safety procedures and mitigating damages to the site, collections, and exhibits as they arose. Their quick actions and dedication to Tryon Palace under storm conditions were admirable, and reflect the strength of the people New Bern and North Carolina in times of adversity.
Submitted by: Regina A. Ochoa, Director of Public Affairs, Tryon Palace