State Budget Cuts Might Force Tryon Palace to Close

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.


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  • by JusticeForAll on Apr 22, 2011 at 11:47 AM
    The biggest industry in NC (besides agriculture) is TOURISM. How does it make sense to start shutting down our famous tourist spots? Not only will this impact the people who work there, but it will cut off tens of thousands of dollars in out-of-state tourist money for the people who come to visit this attraction--restaurants, hotels, gas stations, etc, will suffer if they start shutting down these attractions... It's almost like Gov. Perdue and the rest of her cronies in Raleigh are TRYING to destroy the economy of NC. Why not focus on getting the drug-money-laundering Banks in Charlotte like Wachovia, Bank of America, and Wells Fargo to pay their corporate income taxes--there are BILLIONS being funneled through those corporate thugs that our State Treasury missing out on...
  • by me Location: new bern on Apr 21, 2011 at 01:24 PM
    I have friends who work at the palace. they have families to support. I thought Bev Purdue was going to CREATE jobs...seems to me she is only interested in taking jobs away. Tryon Palace is a beautiful historic site and it would hurt the economy terribly if it were to shut down...lost revenue, lost jobs, etc. WAKE UP BEV!
  • by Bruce the Shark Location: Greenville on Apr 20, 2011 at 05:57 PM
    Instead of closing Tryon Palace, we should cut out some of the feel good programs like Jump Start, Head Start, Race to 4, Keep a Thug in School, etc.. History is who we are.
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      by Yeah on Apr 24, 2011 at 02:26 AM in reply to Bruce the Shark
      Sing it Brother! I'm with you!
  • by Anonymous on Apr 20, 2011 at 08:59 AM
    The GTP spends more than this on soft drinks for one month. Keep funding the empty fields and hiway and train to nowhere ,, except the harveys bank accounts.
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      by Raleigh mentality on Apr 24, 2011 at 02:28 AM in reply to
      But he's rich and must be accommodated for his boondoggle business idea. Welfare for rich bad idea investors!!!!
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Apr 20, 2011 at 05:24 AM
    Agree, either lease it or sell it if it costs 41 million to operate. Seems people don't understand that when you put in a museum, its money, that runs it. So when the state took in pork from the feds, like for high speed rail...who will be left to support it, we will. The state spend money on pork all over the state and now its time to pay for the results of that effort. Well, its money the state doesn't have. No project should be built if its not self supporting.....
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      by zach on Apr 20, 2011 at 06:03 AM in reply to Obama Snake Oil Co
      It doesn't cost $41 million per year to operate, it contributes $41 million per year to the local economy.
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        by Obama Snake Oil co on Apr 20, 2011 at 09:44 AM in reply to zach
        I stand corrected. Now you leave another question, how much does it cost to operate and is the state saying the returns don't benefit the investment? I still think it should be sold and operated commercially. Most everthing the state operates costs more and more each year, obviously, the state budget increases every year, by a high percentage compared with other states.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 20, 2011 at 03:03 AM
    Maybe they could operate three days per week.
  • by Steve Location: Ayden on Apr 19, 2011 at 09:27 PM
    If it is such an economic boon for New Bern and Craven County let them find a way to fund it. If $41 million can not make it work it is not meant to be. After all it is just a replica.
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      by Zach on Apr 20, 2011 at 06:04 AM in reply to Steve
      Doesn't cost $41 million to run, it generates $41 million for the local economy per year.
  • by Chuck Location: Greenville on Apr 19, 2011 at 08:39 PM
    It woulde be a shame to see it close.Poor management & Unwise spending by state goverment caused this. The State & Federal goverments just have to spend money based on money coming in.Don't have to be real smart to know that.Layers & Layers of fat in the Goverments cause these huge deficits. We citizens live on a budget & If something unforseen happens,we adjust. It if means eating sardines,dried beans ,Spam,Ect,we just do it.I Am eating at home more now if i go out eat at fast foods joints & buy the dollar menu. The State has goten themselves into a hole that they may never get out of. "IT's Simple"---Spend only what you have.Can't figure out why they do not understand that.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 19, 2011 at 08:24 PM
    why dont you have a comment section for the President?
  • by tug Location: New Bern on Apr 19, 2011 at 08:05 PM
    As a resident of New Bern I hate to see this place close. I realize it does bring in a good amount of money in tourist dollars to the area. But at the same time, the state doesn't have the money for everything. At a time when education, police, fire and other essential services are fighting over every dollar, these types of things can be cut back. Maybe this will be a wakeup call to Tryon Palace caretakers. Between the palace and the new museum, it should be made self supporting. Why not get the county to raise the hotel tax , very slightly and give that money to it? Increase admission fees, slightly. Make the tourists pay for it. Why should taxpayers in Asheville that don't visit support this? Why should I support an attraction in Asheville? Again I hope it stays open, but hard decisions have to be made. Something has to go.
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