Tryon Palace gets funding for garden cottage

Published: Apr. 20, 2021 at 9:22 PM EDT|Updated: Apr. 21, 2021 at 12:36 PM EDT
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NEW BERN, N.C. (WITN) - Governor Roy Cooper signed a bill into law Tuesday that approves donor money to Tryon Palace for a construction project.

The bill gives authorization from the General Assembly for the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources to fund the construction of the new Garden Cottage capital project at the palace.

“The Department may use up to six hundred thousand dollars ($600,000) for the capital project from receipts or other non-General Fund and non-State Capital and Infrastructure Fund sources available to the Department,” the bill reads.

We’re told by the Tryon Palace Foundation that the $600,000 was raised through donations.

“Tryon Palace is thrilled that Gov. Cooper has signed this Bill, and that we can now begin the building of this much-needed Garden Cottage. Funding for the Cottage Garden was raised by the Tryon Palace Foundation and our many passionate supporters who recognized the pressing need to replace the current structure that houses our Garden staff and the many projects they work on to maintain our 16 acres of beautiful gardens. The Bill allows these private funds already in place to be accepted by Tryon Palace, as the building will be constructed on North Carolina State property and maintained by the State, thereby requiring legislative approval,” said Nancy Figiel, Director of Public Affairs for Tryon Palace.

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