April 7 & 8, 2017 marks the 50th Anniversary of New Bern’s Spring Historic Homes & Gardens Tour. The annual event is presented by the New Bern Historical Society and the New Bern Preservation Foundation, with a special New Bern Spider Lily sponsorship by the Neuse River Region Association of Realtors®. Ticket holders will be welcomed into private homes, gardens, and churches in three historic areas: the downtown district, and the nearby Ghent and DeGraffenried neighborhoods. As an added attraction, Tryon Palace also opens its gardens free to the public and hosts its Heritage Plant Sale during this two-day event. To help celebrate the 50th Anniversary, ’60s-themed events and memorabilia will be on display at The City Laundry which, along with serving lunch, will have live entertainment, including The Bears and The Down East Dulcimers.