Tryon Palace wanted to bring history to life for a new generation of citizens. For Tryon’s North Carolina History Center in New Bern, N.C., ESI created experiences that entice visitors of all ages to explore history in new ways — on their first visit and every time they return.
In the Pepsi Family Center, children and their families become “citizens” of a coastal community circa 1835. In multi-player, technology-enabled simulations, they discover what it was like to live and work here in the past — by sailing a ship, distilling turpentine, running a general store or whipping up dinner in a 19th century kitchen.
The Regional History Museum tells the story of this coastal North Carolina community through the lens of environmental history. The stories woven throughout the museum reflect the rich cultural diversity of the people of the region.
The History Navigator, a personal handheld media device, guides visitors through the historic homes and gardens. Visitors choose from eight tours that interpret history from the unique perspectives of the different groups of people who lived, worked and made history here. Visit tryonpalace.org/mobile to experience the tours.