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Executive Mansion

410 East Jackson, Springfield, IL 62701
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Ranked #13 of 31 Attractions in Springfield
Type: Government Buildings, Historic Sites
Description: Historic Governor's mansion.
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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95 reviews 95 reviews
33 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

It had been a number of years since I visited the Mansion so I decided to return. This is the largest and third oldest governor’s mansion in America. The gardens were in bloom and are small but beautiful. The guide explained the use to which the rooms are put and that the silver pieces were intended for the U.S.S. Illinois... More

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Bourbonnais, Illinois
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51 reviews 51 reviews
16 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

The lady giving the tour had been doing it many years. She really enjoyed sharing all she knew about the Mansion. We enjoyed all of the details she was able to share. There's a gate on the side that you have to buzz into to get in the mansion.

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Augusta, GA
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536 reviews 536 reviews
248 attraction reviews
225 helpful votes 225 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

Check the web site for tour times because there is a narrow window of times. Ring the bell at the guard house, and the gate will open. You walk past gorgeous gardens that are tended by one gardener. Most of the plants and flowers have been donated, so you will see lots of ads about them. We waited just inside... More

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Jacksonville, Florida
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25 reviews 25 reviews
11 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

I attended an event here and was impressed by the history and beauty of the mansion. The rooms are well preserved and lavishly decorated in the colonial style. The staff were friendly, efficient, and made this a memorable event for my family. We had pictures taken in their gardens, where the summer flowers were in full bloom. This was truly... More

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Chicago, IL
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338 reviews 338 reviews
162 attraction reviews
197 helpful votes 197 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

The executive mansion is available for free tours a few hours every week. The building is impressive, but there are some signs of disrepair. The interior has a lovely decor, appropriate to the time of construction.The gardens are fairly well maintainted by volunteer and student organizations.

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Monee, Illinois
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50 reviews 50 reviews
13 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

The mansion porch is in disrepair, the yards are terrible and the inside area where we met the Governor showed wear and tear.Let's appropriate the money where our Governor lives and where people from our state and others visit. What an emabarrasment.

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Park Ridge, Illinois
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42 reviews 42 reviews
33 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

We were in Springfield for an event and we took a tour of this incredible structure. It is very amazing and well worth the time. I highly recommend it!!!!!!!

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34 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013

Boy were we lucky. Tours are only give on Tue. and Thurs. and we were there on Thurs. The guide we had was this wonderful, lively 90+ woman who has given tours there for 20+ years. Her stories were fantastic. Totally loved her.

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Ardmore, Oklahoma
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74 reviews 74 reviews
35 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013 via mobile

Went here this morning, very nice tour. It's free and you can roam around at your own pace after the tour. Nicely decorated of course. didn't realize that they still use it for events. Could see all the guest bedrooms, but not the current governor quarters. The garden is nice.

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Mechanicsville, Maryland
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43 reviews 43 reviews
9 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

Tour hours are limited (Tue and Thurs, 9:30-11 and 2-3:15, Sat 9:30-11) but if you can find the time we'd highly recommend the visit. The house is huge - it was built in the 1850s and has been expanded and renovated several times since then. The interior decor is beautiful with gold leaf applied to much of the trim throughout... More

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