Tryon Palace (above) was the
home of William Tryon, the British Governor, prior to the American Revolution. When North Carolina became independent,
the structure in New Bern served as the capitol of the state (now located in Raleigh). New Bern was named for New Bern,
Switzerland, and its symbol of a bear (top center) is also shared with the European city. The North Carolina city was
the site of a Civil War battle, and was occupied by Union troops. It is also the place where Pepsi Cola was invented
by a local pharmacist.
The formal gardens of Tryon Palace (below) are well worth a stroll. The original
palace was destroyed by fire, but the existing structure is an exact duplicate.