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New Bern's Civil War history stretches beyond the Confederacy. The Union invasion of Roanoke, followed by the occupation of New Bern in 1862 promoted the establishment of contraband camps for escaped slaves. Colored troop regiments emerged as a result.
Tryon Palace reopened the New Bern Academy Museum, a place that tells the story of union occupation in New Bern. The building itself is a historic site, for Union troops used it as a hospital during the war.
The Tryons’ collection of books, which functioned as a library for the community’s upper classes, is a visit-worthy aspect for tours. Of the seven books described, three include photos, notably the reproduced likeness of Jonathan Swift’s The Works of Dr. Swift, Dean of St. Patrick’s, Dublin, Volume III” (1768). Other noteworthy aspects of the collection include books reflecting Mary Tryon’s interest in military history, unusual for that time’s upper-class women.
Described was the labor of love involved in the restoration of a lathe originally owned by Charles Henry Hall. Courtesy of its passage down through the centuries by Hall’s nephew, Charles Hall Ashford, Jr., and L.R. Thomas Jr., the lathe is part of the Palace’s collection of human powered tools.