Executive Mansion House and Garden Tours Announced

[This blog post comes from a Dept. of Cultural Resources press release – you can find other news related to NC Cultural Resources here.]

Executive Mansion House and Garden Tours Announced

RALEIGH — North Carolina’s Executive Mansion – the “people’s house” – will open its historic doors and beautiful gardens to the public for tours beginning in September. School children, adults and families are invited to experience the 120-year old Mansion, which is a tangible link between North Carolina’s past and its future, for guided tours conducted by volunteer docents.

The Executive Mansion boasts an outstanding collection of decorative arts, while the beautiful grounds feature extensive flower and vegetable gardens and modern environmental practices.

House Tours are available on Wednesdays and Thursdays from Sept. 7 through Oct. 27, 2011, and again next spring, March 7 through June 28, 2012. Tours are conducted at 10 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 2 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Trained docents will lead small groups through the more than four acres of flower and vegetable gardens. Children’s Garden Tours will be offered on Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. from Sept. 28 through Oct. 26, 2011, and again next spring, March 7 through June 6, 2012. Adult Garden Tours are on Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. September 29 through October 27, 2011, and March 8 through June 7, 2012.

Individuals and groups can contact Capital Area Visitor Services at 919-807-7950 or toll-free at 866-724-8687 to schedule a tour, preferably two weeks in advance.

The fine Victorian-style mansion, home to North Carolina governors since 1891, was once described by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt as having “the most beautiful governor’s residence interior in America.” Built from native materials, the Executive Mansion has been occupied by 28 governors’ families.

The Executive Mansion is located at 201 N. Blount St., Raleigh, N.C. 27601.

Gov. Bev Perdue is the 28th governor to live in the mansion. She is the 68th person to hold the office of governor in North Carolina since the end of the American Revolution.

And while this isn’t part of the press release, if you’d like to see images of the Executive Mansion at Christmas, you can do so in the North Carolina Digital Collections.