Historic New Bern homes and gardens open for tours April 7-8

The New Bern Historical Society's 50th Spring Historic Homes & Gardens Tour will be held from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, April 7-8. The tour will include a dozen historic homes and five gardens in the Downtown Historic District, Ghent, and DeGraffenried Park historic neighborhoods of New Bern. Among the tour homes is the 250-year-old Palmer-Tisdale House at 520 New Street, pictured on the poster in artwork by Janet Francoeur. Ticket-holders have access to all sites and may start the tours at any point on the ticket and visit sites in any order. The 50th anniversary celebration will include such special events as a 1960's memorabilia display and live music at The City Laundry, a vintage car display, and special lunch prices at participating restaurants. Tickets are $18 in advance and $22 the days of the event. Order tickets online or at the New Bern Historical Society, 511 Broad Street. Call 252-638-8558.