I’m definitely living this quote at the moment. I am in New Bern, North Carolina for a work conference. New Bern is on the Atlantic coast and was the first capital of North Carolina. Before the Revolutionary War, it was the capital of a royal colony. This means that there is a ton of history here and being the history nut that I am, I was ecstatic to be let out early yesterday and have the afternoon to explore. I had one place in mind when I ran out the door: Tryon Palace. Tryon Palace was originally built between 1767 and 1770, as the first permanent capitol of the Colony of North Carolina and a home for the Royal Governor and his family. The architecture, the art, the gardens all make my heart go aflutter.
After touring the grounds, I strolled down to the historic district and was captivated by one of North Carolina’s first churches, which was surrounded by wrought iron fencing and included a pre-Revolution graveyard complete with Spanish moss hanging from the trees, slowly swaying in the afternoon breeze. Very ethereal and serene.
I plan to do some more exploring this afternoon. There are some perks to business travel!