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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.
From 1936 to 1966, a little guidebook known as the "Green Book" served as an essential tool for African American travel. In recent times, a $148,000 grant for the "Green Book Project" has been set up to document north Carolina sites found in the guide. Angela Thope is director of the North Carolina African American Heritage Commission which administers the project.