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for The Palace Vol. 12 Issue 1, Winter 2013/2014
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George Dixon’s loss of dwelling and dream was the Palace’s gain, as one of the three historical homes for tour at the Palace. How Dixon lost this home, through a series of financial misfortunes, is described in detail. Described nearly as well are the owners, occupiers, and renters who resided in the Federal style dwelling before it became part of Tryon Palace’s architectural showpieces in 1957.
A description of the Tryon Palace kitchen soon gave way to kitchens of the Colonial period. In its focus on the importance of that room in Colonial homes, it noted kitchens as places likely for making medicine and food. Noted places for storage of recipes for food and herbal remedies were cookbooks and servants’ books.
Tyron Palace conservationists offered painstaking effort to restore the windows, installed in 1959, to their original state. Described in detail was the process of restoring this part of the Palace. It is equivalent to efforts taken in other Palace projects, such as restoring the gazebo spire in the Stanly House gardens.
A close examination was offered to three of the Palace's recent acquisitions. These were Eastern Piedmont pottery from the 19th and 20th centuries; manuscript collections from Judge William J. Gaston, whose accomplishments include penning “The Old North State”; a map of the Battle of New Bern, a 1900 blueprint copy of a map drawn by an unidentified Union soldier.
Just as important as the houses making up the Palace are gardens that help make the Palace pleasing and productive. Among the 14 noted gardens attesting the sophisticated techniques of Colonial gardeners are the Kellenberger, Latham, Etteinne Mitchell, and Kitchen. Along with descriptions citing their functions in the Palace’s daily operations, pictures reflect the beauty the gardens add to the Palace grounds.