The Tryon Palace may be forced to close its doors come 2013.
A general house subcommittee has proposed cuts to historic sites in 2013 including the Tryon Palace in New Bern.
Kay Williams, Director of the Tryon Palace, says even though the palace is both private and publicly funded there's no way they could keep their doors open without state funding.
"I obviously felt dismay. It's very early days. No one's voted on it. It's in discussion at this point so I am really confident that reason will prevail and there will be a careful look and a thoughtful look at what we mean for the state of North Carolina." said Tryon Palace Director Kay Williams.
The Tryon Palace and the history center combined contribute just over $41million dollars each year to the regional economy.