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Address: Capitol Square, Richmond, VA 23224
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+1 804-358-5511
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This historic home, an excellent example of Federal style architecture,...

This historic home, an excellent example of Federal style architecture, has been the residence of Virginia's governors since 1813, making it the longest occupied governor's living quarters in the U.S.

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So surprising this home is open for tours

Pam Cosby Smith greeted our group and was very knowledgable about the mansion. It has a unique history including a Christmas fire. Lots of amazing paintings and artifact, and a... read more

Reviewed 11 November 2016
BARBARA F
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Charlottesville, Virginia
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Charlottesville, Virginia
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60 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 November 2016

Pam Cosby Smith greeted our group and was very knowledgable about the mansion. It has a unique history including a Christmas fire. Lots of amazing paintings and artifact, and a beautiful garden. I wonder how it is decorated for Christmas... Parking is difficult.

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Detroit, Michigan
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223 reviews
85 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 April 2016

We had to wait as their was an official function. Our tour was delayed. The Governor came out to apologize for our wait and shake hands with us. He did pose for pictures for some of the tourists. The house itself was impressive along with the furnishings. The guide Pam was wonderful as she answered many questions. Definitely worth a... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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1,532 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 240 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 November 2015

Great reason to visit Capitol Hill area as both the Capitol and the executive mansion are open to visitors. Well worth a look for both in state and out of state visitors. Don't miss the historical sculptures outside both buildings as sort of history park.

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Titusville, Florida
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139 reviews
45 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 September 2015

I have been through LOTS of historical houses _ LOTS. The Governors Mansion in Richmond is still special. First it has been in continuous use as home for the first families of Virginia since it was built in 1800's. The first floor formal, public rooms are open for free tours. The docents are knowledgeable and very willing to answer questions.... More 

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Hyannis, Massachusetts
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60 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 August 2015

The Governor's Mansion is a classic beauty, designed in 1810 and lived in ever since by all the governors and their families which is why you will sometimes see playground equipment on the grounds! Truly elegant and be sure to view the Native American portraits in the room immediately to your left when you enter - very striking and a... More 

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38 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 June 2015

The home is absolutely gorgeous inside and the lady that gives the tour was really nice. She even offered to take our picture in front of the home.

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oakville, ontario
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 April 2015

Was fortunate enough the day I was visiting the Capitol that I was also invited to tour the first family's residence. The tour of the Capitol was educational, you can do a guided tour or walk about on your own. I just so happened to join a group of school children on their tour and found it very engaging. The... More 

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Thank Kim F
Old Greenwich, Connecticut
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39 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 April 2015

Take the tour and see what the oldest continually occupied executive mansion in the country offers. The Govenor of Virginia resides here, there was playground equipment in the side yard...but the historic building from the early 1800s is worth seeing.

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Lynchburg, Virginia
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75 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 August 2014

We weren't planning on visiting, but when we paused at the gate just to look, the guard opened the gate and welcomed us in. The tour guide was a nice lady who was very informed about the house and its contents. The tour only includes the first floor, as the first family lives upstairs.

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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 490 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 July 2013

The free tour was good and even though I am not American nor Virginian, I'm glad I did it. The building has seem some big history and you learn quite a bit of it on the tour. Well worth a visit.

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