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Leland Stanford Mansion State Historic Park

cnr of 8th and 'N' Sts, Sacramento, CA
916 324 0575
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Ranked #14 of 98 attractions in Sacramento
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites
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Cumberland, Maryland
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68 reviews 68 reviews
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42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

This mansion tour was great. Stanford was a governor in 1861 and went on to other political appointments in California. His home is restored by the state of California (they own it now) and it is so worth an hour tour, if you like old mansions and interesting history. Across the street from the Sacrament Library.

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Fairfax, Virginia
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44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

I happened on a ongoing walking tour of the Leland Stanford Historic Mansion that also serves as a Governor's Office for the Governor of California. A stately mansion that was added from time to time to grow larger and ever more spacious for the various artifacts accumulated by the family, the Mansion was originally bought by Leland Stanford (of Stanford... More

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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106 reviews 106 reviews
28 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Union Pacific baron and one-time California governor Leland Stanford left his mark on this Italianate villa, an easy walk from the California state capitol. The home is still in use by the state's executive branch (ex-governor Arnold Schwarzenegger was said to prefer it for functions to the governor's mansion), but when the chief executive is not entertaining visiting dignitaries, it's... More

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San Francisco, California
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31 reviews 31 reviews
11 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Not too far a walk from the Capitol is the Stanford Mansion. One of the govs of California. It's an Italiante style building. The Visitor Center is your first stop. There's a display with lots of videos you can watch before your tour. Initially, the guide (who manned the front desk) wasn't too friendly but during the tour, he would... More

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E. St. Louie
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72 reviews 72 reviews
12 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

This is really a neat guided tour of an amazing mansion. Free admission but I don't know if it's because a Sunday? The guide (tour every hour, on the hour) was really amazing and very knowledgeable. You need to take the tour to apprciate the house and to marvel at how rich Stanford was.

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London, United Kingdom
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110 reviews 110 reviews
51 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

You just have to visit here- a guided tour to see part of the Sacramento of old. A 19th century house, much altered over the years but exquisitely and carefully explained by a passionate guide. Amazingly the house is almost fully furnished with the original furnishings of the Stanfords and where necessary with modern equivalents. Magnificently restored. Memorable visit both... More

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Orlando, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

The free visitor center contains interpretive displays and videos. The state website was unclear as to the admission price for the tour, but it is free (unless they lose their state funding, which means the $5 per person fee will be reinstated). The tour was informative and interesting. You are able to view designated floors and areas, some of which... More

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Glendale, Arizona
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Beautiful historic house that is in excellent condition. Guides do torus on the hour and give a most interesting tour. This is the home of the founder of Stanford University. The history as to how this house was built on to through the years and the fact that it was raised almost 12 feet to keep the main residence area... More

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San Francisco Bay Area
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41 reviews 41 reviews
6 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

See how the Stanfords lived in the mid 1860's in their mansion which has been completely restored (to the tune of $23 million)>

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Sacramento, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
13 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

I've never been on a tour through this mansion where there's been a crowd. Once I was the only person on the tour. People don't seem to think of the Leland Stanford mansion when sight-seeing, but it's worth a look. Mrs. Stanford is the woman behind Stanford University, built in memory of their only son who died young. She has... More

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