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[Image of Tryon's Palace]

TRYONS ROYAL PALACE

It was during Tryons administration that the celebrated Tryon Palace was built, which in its day, was the finest building in America, costing about eighty thousand dollars, which at that early day, was a princely sum to expend on a single building.

The legislature met in this palace for the first time in 1770.

Martin in his history of North Carolina says that he visited this house in 1773, in company with General Ninanda, [i.e. Miranda] of South America, who pronounced it unequaled by any building in his native country.

Governor Martin was the last of the Royal Governors of North Carolina and with him in 1775 departed the short lived glories of Tryons Royal Palace.

The building was destroyed by fire in 1778 [i.e. 1798], the west wing alone escaping the flames.

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Images scanned by John B. Green, III.  Text prepared by John B. Green, III and Victor T. Jones, Jr.
This page last edited on November 20, 2014.

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