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Stanly-Spaight Duel

September 2 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Join Tryon Palace at the annual reenactment of the Stanly-Spaight Duel, an interpretation of an infamous moment in New Bern’s early history at 4:00 PM on Saturday, September 2rd, at the New Bern Academy.

The History….On September 5th, 1802, a prominent New Bern lawyer met his political rival, a former State Governor, in a lethal duel on the streets of New Bern. Step back in time to an era where a man’s personal honor was his most cherished quality and any incursion on this prized value could result in fiery and violent retribution. Watch the drama unfold before your eyes in a gripping reenactment of this fateful day.

The Fife and Drum Corps will start the afternoon with a rousing performance. Following Mr. Stanly and Mr. Spaight will make their appearances with family and friends along to bid them well.

This reenactment will include black powder firings and feature replicas of period weapons, which are loud and sudden.

While at the New Bern Academy, visit the New Bern Academy Museum which features local history, architecture, and an exhibit on New Bern’s Civil War history. The New Bern Academy Museum is open free to the public from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM that day, and 12:00 PM. to 4:00 PM. every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Check with ticket desk to confirm these times please.