Spring Historic Homes & Gardens Tour
April 10 and 11, 2015, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
On Friday, April 10 and Saturday, April 11, homeowners will open their doors so the public can visit some of the most beautiful and interesting homes in New Bern’s historic district. The 2015 Spring Historic Homes & Gardens Tour will provide a behind-the-scenes look at 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 to the homes and gardens, many downtown houses of worship will be open for tours.
This year there will be a special focus on the fountains of New Bern. The historic district has many public and hidden fountains. Spring Homes Tour ticket holders will have access to these hidden gems as part of the tour.
Among the gardens open to the public are the gardens at Tryon Palace, which should be in full bloom. Tryon Palace’s Annual Heritage Plant Sale will also be held on the Palace grounds during the tour. That weekend, Spring Homes Tour ticket holders will have the opportunity to purchase discounted admission passes to Tryon Palace/NC History Center.
Be sure to grab a homemade boxed lunch to go or enjoy it in a quaint porch setting at the Blades’ Veranda Cafe. Boxed lunches are an $8 donation and include a sandwich or salad plate, drink and a sweet treat for dessert. This year there will even be an option for people with gluten sensitivities.
Coffee, tea, and delicious baked goods will be available throughout the day across the street from the cafe at Peterson’s Porch. A hospitality station also will be available to patrons on the grounds of the Attmore-Oliver House, 511 Broad Street.
Tickets prices include NC State tax. Tickets are $18 in advance, $22 day of the tour and $15 for NBHS members, and active duty military and their dependents with ID. If ordering an active duty military or dependent ticket you must pick up your ticket at the Historic Society office, 511 Broad St. There is also a special rate of $15 for groups of 12 or more. Tickets go on sale March 2. Tickets are good for both tour days, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.
Click here to view the Homes and Gardens Tour Brochure (available March 2015).
To purchase your tickets through PayPal check back on March 2, 2015.
You may also call the office or visit any of the other locations below to buy tickets in person:
- Telephone New Bern Historical Society 252-638-8558
- New Bern Historical Society, 511 Broad Street
- New Bern Preservation Foundation, 510B Pollock St.
- Harris Teeter, 2019 S. Glenburnie Rd.
- Bank of the Arts, 317 Middle St.
- Carolina Creations, 317 Pollock St.
- Mitchell Hardware, 215 Craven St.
- New Bern Riverfront Convention Center, 203 S. Front St
Call the New Bern Historical Society to volunteer with the Spring Historic Homes & Gardens Tour.
Click here to become a SPONSOR for the 2015 Spring Historic Homes & Gardens Tour.
The Spring Historic Homes & Gardens Tour is a collaborative event presented by the New Bern Historical Society and the New Bern Preservation Foundation and is a major fundraising event for these non-profit organizations.
Celebrate spring in New Bern!