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  • Richmond, VA 23219
  • (804) 698-1788 (804) 371-8687
  • Attraction Fee: Free.
  • Distance to Airport: 9.1 miles
  • Hours (General Information): 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 1-4 p.m. Sunday. Call for tour information and reservations.
  • Reception Capacity 150
  • Theatre Capacity 125
  • Banquet Capacity 130
  • Number of Rooms 5

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  • Reception Capacity: 150

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Old Senate Chamber

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  • Reception Capacity: 75

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Virginia Governor’s Executive Mansion

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On a tour of the mansion, groups will see the original woodwork, ornamental ceilings, and plaster cornices of the Federal-style mansion. Reservations are required for groups of more than 10 people.

supports classroom learning in: Social Studies.

topics covered: American History, Government, Architecture.

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Virginia Governor's Executive Mansion is the oldest continually inhabited governor's residence in America. The mansion has served as a home, office, and place of entertainment for Virginia governors and their families since 1813. Designed by Alexander Parris, the Virginia Governor’s Executive Mansion features antique furnishings from the 20th century.

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Hrs: Tues.-Thurs. 10AM-12PM & 2PM-4PM.

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Philadelphia’s Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence and Constitution were signed; Boston’s Old State House, where the Boston Massacre and the American Revolution began; Washington D.C.’s National Mall, where Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech; Virginia’s Jamestown settlement, the country’s first colony; Charleston’s Fort Sumter, where the first shots of the Civil War were fired; New York’s Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, where millions of immigrants were introduced to their new home. All of these sites, significant to America’s history, can be visited, toured, and admired. While visiting one of the many historical sites around the country, consider the importance in preserving these sites.

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The revamped tour of Virginia's executive mansion doesn't mention slavery

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Before Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin was elected, years of work went into updating the executive mansion tour to include the lives of enslaved people. His redesigned tour doesn't recognize slavery.

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Virginia Executive Mansion: Gardens, greenhouse tour offered one day a year for free

'i had the pleasure to tour the gillette garden last year. it's absolutely beautiful' — virginia senator amanda chase.

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RICHMOND — In celebration of the 90th Historic Garden Week, the public is invited to the Executive Mansion this Friday to take a tour organized by the Garden Club of Virginia [GCV].

"This is a truncated version of our regular tour," Rosa Woodring, Assistant Director of Virginia’s Executive Mansion, said. "Tours of the garden and greenhouse are only offered once a year, during Historic Garden Week. The Gillette Garden will look as beautiful as it will the entire year."

The designs throughout the mansion will be made by members of Virginia garden clubs. The fresh cut flowers will be harvested from all around Capitol Square. The tour on April 21 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. does not require tickets or reservations.

"I had the pleasure to tour the newly renovated Gillette Garden last year," Virginia Senator Amanda Chase said. "It's absolutely beautiful."

The Virginia Executive Mansion has been home to Virginia's governors since 1813. It is the oldest occupied governor's residence in the U.S. still used for its original purpose. It is both a Virginia and a National Historic Landmark. Governor Glenn Youngkin and First Lady Suzanne S. Youngkin are the 57th residents of the mansion.

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According to the GCV's Historic Garden Week 2023 guidebook, the mansion, a classic example of Federal-style architecture, was designed by Boston architect Alexander Parris. In 2022, First Lady Youngkin originated “The Art Experience” at the mansion, a changing exhibit of artwork from museums around Virginia highlighting the varied landscapes, themes and people of the Commonwealth.

Outside the house, the historic Gillette Garden is a spot not to be missed. In the 1950s, First Lady Anne Bassett Stanley employed Charles Gillette to design and install a formal garden suitable for entertaining on the south side of the mansion. This restoration project of the GCV was funded with proceeds from Historic Garden Week tours.

In 2016, the Valentine-Jackson Memorial Garden was established and dedicated to several enslaved families who worked at the mansion in the 1800s. The GCV also worked collaboratively on this effort. First Lady Youngkin is currently leading a project to open the entrance to this garden so it can be shared with mansion visitors.

On Tuesday, April 18, First Lady Youngkin spoke on "Strengthening the Spirit of Virginia's Women and Girls" at the Flowerdew Pavilion at Flowerdew Hundred on the Petersburg-Prince George tour. Virginia Garden Week began Saturday, April 15 and continues through Saturday, April 22.

"Happy Birthday to Virginia's Historic Garden Week — 90 years. What an incredible accomplishment that we are all here celebrating together. We know that that was born out of the love of God's creation, and it continues to steward our Mother Earth," First Lady Youngkin said. "Visit the Executive Mansion this Friday to see what's blooming in Capitol Square."

The Virginia Executive Mansion is located at 1111 East Broad Street in Richmond. Visit executivemansion.virginia.gov and vagardenweek.org for more information. Email questions to [email protected].

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  1. Plan Your Visit

    The Governor and Mrs. Youngkin welcome all Virginians to visit the Executive Mansion to learn more about this treasured home. Free tours of the Mansion are available for individuals and groups at various times throughout the year. Regular Tour Times. Tours are available every Tuesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

  2. Plan Your Visit

    *Please note the Executive Mansion will be closed for tours between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. on Friday, January 13th. Please walk up to the Executive Mansion gate and let the Capitol Police Officer know you are there for a tour. An experienced docent will guide your tour and answer all your questions. Tours last approximately 30 minutes ...

  3. Virtual Tour of the Virginia Executive Mansion (2021)

    This is a 2021 virtual tour of the Executive Mansion in Richmond, the official home for the sitting Virginia governor since 1813. The mansion was renovated and expanded several times during the twentieth century. Read more about: Virtual Tour of the Virginia Executive Mansion (2021)

  4. Virginia Capitol and Executive Mansion

    Designed by Thomas Jefferson, the State Capitol houses America's oldest legislative assembly. Daily one-hour guided tours showcase historical statuary and paintings, rare exhibit objects, and newly restored legislative chambers. Self-guided tours also are available. And don't miss the Virginia Civil Rights Memorial, unveiled in 2008 at Capitol Square. The Executive Mansion is the oldest ...

  5. Virginia Executive Mansion reopens for public tours after two years

    RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — After closing two years ago, the Executive Mansion in downtown Richmond is now back open to the public for weekly tours. Former Governor Ralph Northam closed the mansion ...

  6. Virginia Capitol and Executive Mansion

    Designed by Thomas Jefferson, the State Capitol houses America's oldest legislative assembly. Daily one-hour guided tours showcase historical statuary and paintings, rare exhibit objects, and newly restored legislative chambers. Self-guided tours also are available. And don't miss the Virginia Civil Rights Memorial, unveiled in 2008 at Capitol Square. The Executive Mansion is the oldest ...

  7. August

    The mansion will open on Friday, Sept. 2, 2022 with additional availability later in September. RICHMOND, VA - Virginia's Executive Mansion, the oldest purpose-built Governor's home in the United States, will reopen to the public for tours on Friday, September 2nd after being closed for more than two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic. On ...

  8. First House: Virginia's Executive Mansion

    Travel back in time with Virginia's executive mansion, the nation's oldest continuously occupied governor's mansion. Join us for the second program in the 2024 Grand Homes & Gardens Speaker Series, State-ly Homes: Exploring U.S. Governors' Mansions and Gardens presented by historian and author, Mary Miley Theobald.

  9. Youngkin's revamped executive mansion tour doesn't mention slavery

    Virginia's new executive mansion tour mirrors its old one — with a focus on historic decor. That's a shift in plans hatched under Youngkin's Democratic predecessor, Gov. Ralph Northam, to reopen the tours with a new curricula that spotlights slavery and its influence in the building. Enslaved people traveled across the state to serve ...

  10. Virginia Governor's Executive Mansion

    On a tour of the mansion, groups will see the original woodwork, ornamental ceilings, and plaster cornices of the Federal-style mansion. ... Virginia Governor's Executive Mansion. Virginia Governor's Executive Mansion is the oldest continually inhabited governor's residence in America. The mansion has served as a home, office, and place of ...

  11. Executive Mansion (Virginia)

    The Virginia Governor's Mansion, better known as the Executive Mansion, is located in Richmond, Virginia, ... Tours of the mansion are offered several days a week. History The Executive Mansion in 1905. When Richmond became the capital of Virginia in 1779, ...

  12. Visiting the Capitol

    Executive Mansion, 1111 E. Broad St.: Designed between 1811 and 1813, it is the nation's oldest purpose-built executive mansion still in use. Morson's Row. 219-223 Governor St.: Built in 1853 as speculative rental housing, this row of town houses is the lone remaining evidence of the residential neighborhood that once surrounded Capitol Square.

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    1. wood_brothers21. Gum Spring, VA86 contributions. Executive Mansion Richmond, VA. Sep 2022. VA Executive Mansion is the oldest continuously occupied Governor's residence in the United States. Beginning Friday, September 2, tours will be available Fridays 10am and later at 4pm. IT'S FREE!

  14. Virginia Executive Mansion reopens for public tours Friday

    (The Center Square) - Virginia's Executive Mansion, which houses the commonwealth's governor, will reopen for public tours at the end of the week. ... No reservations will be required to tour the mansion, according to a news release. When the mansion reopens, it will also display artwork related to the commonwealth and artwork from ...

  15. The revamped tour of Virginia's executive mansion doesn't mention ...

    Before Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin was elected, years of work went into updating the executive mansion tour to include the lives of enslaved people. His redesigned tour doesn't recognize slavery.

  16. Virginia Executive Mansion: Gardens, greenhouse tour offered one day a

    The Virginia Executive Mansion is located at 1111 East Broad Street in Richmond. Visit executivemansion.virginia.gov and vagardenweek.org for more information. Email questions to [email protected]. Virginia's 90th Historic Garden Week Petersburg Garden Club hosts Historic Garden Week event: Tour beautiful homes, gardens.

  17. Capitol Square Preservation Council

    901 E. Cary St. Suite 900. Richmond, VA 23219. Industry. Media. Visitors revel in the rich history and charming stories of the Executive Mansion. The oldest, continuously occupied governor's residence in the United States, this Federal-style structure has been the home of Virginia Governors and their families since 1813. Today's residents are ...

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