TRYON PALACE: Senate Budget Would Force Closure In 2012

Tryon Palace says a proposed Senate budget would force its closure next year.

The historic location in New Bern, site of the state's first capitol, sees more than 140,000 visitors each year.

The Palace says if the Senate plan is passed its newly opened North Carolina History Center would possibly have to shut down in July due to a 36% cut in state funding. The two-year budget proposal would then slice 89% of state funding to the site for the next year, forcing it to close on or before July 1, 2012, according to the Palace.

The Senate is expected to vote on the budget next week.

Administrators at the Tryon Palace in New Bern say the NC Senate's proposed budget would force them to close by July 2012. Do you think the budget should maintain enough funding to keep the Tryon Palace open?


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  • by Native Location: Grantsboro on Jun 2, 2011 at 06:41 AM
    It's FUNNY, the amount of people that actually think that Tryon Palace is a historic site!!! It was built in the 1960's!! It's a freakin copy of the original palace. The old bridge was older than the Palace and they tore it down!! Even the old brick/cobble stone, whatever it is, road in front of the main gates was constructed when,, two years ago?? You have all been dupped!!
  • by Rose Location: New Bern on May 27, 2011 at 01:01 PM
    In response to Joyce's question, Tryon Palace is responaible for 41 million dollars in revenue to the community. This means the revenue generated by local businesses (hotels, restaurants, stores, etc.) because Tryon Palace is there as an attraction. Tryon Palace itself does not have revenues of 41 million dollars. Incidentally, about 60% of its support comes from private money already.
  • by joyce Location: grifton on May 26, 2011 at 02:03 PM
    i love tryon palace but if they are generated41 million dollars in revenue why are they needing such funding from the state...iam just saying it doesnt seem fiscally sound...where is all that money going?
  • by Sam Location: Kitty Hawk on May 26, 2011 at 12:36 PM
    Bad idea! That would be terrible for New Bern's economy. Don't threaten to close anything down here at the OBX.
  • by fred Location: martin co on May 26, 2011 at 12:34 PM
    Take away all govt funds and let it sink or swim,,
  • by William Location: raleigh on May 26, 2011 at 10:40 AM
    Jerry, the pier was built from private and donated trust fund money and not much in taxpayer money. It will also be revenue generated by people paying to rent the facility and visit the pier. Get ur facts straight instead of acting smart but looking foolish.
  • by PirateFan on May 26, 2011 at 09:17 AM
    What about all the "other" state funded "historical sites"?! Are they going to cut funding for those sites as well? Or - are is the state legislature singling out the Tryon Palace at the white elephant in the room! I certainly hope that's not the case. If they cut funding for one, then they need to cut funding for all the other hisorical sites across the state as well, OR - LEAVE WELL ENOUGH ALONE! Forcing Tryon Place to close is utterly absurd!
  • by Anonymous on May 26, 2011 at 09:04 AM
    close one of the most historic sites in the state, but keep building empty building in empty fields at the global transpark. Can no kill this beast.
  • by wife of tryon palace employee Location: greenville on May 26, 2011 at 07:25 AM
    Alot of staff at Tryon Palace are volunteers, but there are so many more people working there behind the scenes (like my husband) who are paid employees who will lose their jobs if the Palace closes. On a broader picture, Tryon Palace brings tourism to New Bern. Think of how much tourism is going to decline after the Palace closes. You think people will come from all over the country to see the birthplace of Pepsi!? NC, take a hint from Williamsburg, VA and embrace history instead of hiding behind budget cuts. KEEP TRYON PALACE OPEN!
  • by Ralph Location: Winterville on May 26, 2011 at 05:52 AM
    Those fools in raleigh, the re[pyublican leadership have no idea of the fiscal loss to our area because of their foolish ideas on a budget. First they cut 20,000 jobs, take $6,000,000 to force their religious beliefs on us concerning choice and now they want to end our history. too bad they never went to school?
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      by Lubba on May 26, 2011 at 10:34 AM in reply to Ralph
      Ralph, I feel your pain, but to blame one party is such a big mistake. The Demo's have driven the State to the brink under ole Marky Marc, and now, cuts have to be made. You wanna blame him for the 25 million spent on a fishing pier, and countless other waste. It was the good ole boy Demo's who put us in the mess. I have no faith in the Repub's either, it's all about greed and taking care of their friends, relatives, and money backers. NC is such a great State. The problem is greedy corupt politicians, and believe me Ralph, they are both donkeys and elephants.....
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      by Sam on May 26, 2011 at 12:37 PM in reply to Ralph
      Ralph, I doubt any money has been spent on anything religious.
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