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 Wednesdays and Thursdays, Sept. 19 through Nov. 14.   Tours are conducted at 10 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 2 p.m., 2:30 p.m., and 3 p.m.

Tours of the nearly five acres of flower and vegetable gardens will be offered on Wednesdays and Thursdays, Sept. 26 though Oct. 25 at 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.  Wednesday garden tours are designed for children; Thursday garden tours are for adults.

There will be no tours the week of Oct. 31.

Groups of 10 or more should make reservations two weeks in advance through the Capitol Area Visitors Center online or by phone (919) 807-7950. Smaller groups may join scheduled tours if space is available or make a reservation with visitor services.

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 North Blount Street, Raleigh, NC 27601.  Gov. Bev Perdue is the 28th governor to live in the mansion. She is the 68th person to hold this office in North Carolina since the end of the American Revolution.

About the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources

The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources annually serves more than 19 million people through its 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, the nation’s first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the N.C. Arts Council, and the State Archives.

Cultural Resources champions North Carolina’s creative industry, which employs nearly 300,000 North Carolinians and contributes more than $41 billion to the state’s economy.

To learn more, visit us online.