Historic Homes

Surrounding the Palace are several historic homes and buildings that help tell the story of life in historic New Bern, including the Dixon House, Stanly House, and the Hay House. The John Wright Stanly House (c. 1780) reflects the wealth of its owner, whose merchant ships raided British vessels to aid the American cause during the Revolutionary War. In addition to the historic homes is North Carolina’s first publicly-chartered school (c. 1766). The Academy Museum interprets life in New Bern during the Federal occupation, 1862-1865.