Georgia Governor's Mansion

Georgia Governor's Mansion, Atlanta

Georgia Governor's Mansion
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DJR68
Sydney, Australia113 contributions
Mar 2015 • Couples
My wife and I toured the Georgia Governor's Mansion in early March 2015 whilst in Atlanta for a conference and it was a real privilege to experience the history and simple granduer of the home.

Firstly, we're from Australia and our Prime Minister is the only elected official to be provided with a home. The chance of being able to view it as an ordinary member of the public is fairly limited. So, knowing the Georgia Governor's Mansion was open was not going to be passed up.

We caught the Marta to Lenox, then a cab from the JW Marriott Hotel across the road to the front gate of the mansion.

After receiving permission to enter the grounds by the polite State Trooper on duty, we were warmly greeted by 6 or 7 volunteer ladies, all of whom were beautifully dressed. They were, without exception, enthusiastic in their passion for the building, the role of the Governor and the history of Georgia.

From the library to the State Drawing Room and then onto the Family Living Room, each of the rooms had their own guide that explained the purpose of the room as well as highlighting the beautiful furnishings and various antiques in the home.

We spent around 90 minutes absorbed in the home, enjoying the company of our marvellous hosts and listening to their stories. They allowed us to take photographs inside the home and were kind enough to take some of both of us. And, by the way, all of this is for free, though we would gladly have paid an entrance fee.

A quick, but limited self guided tour of the grounds followed. Then we walked around 1.5 miles to the hotels near the Atlanta History Center to hail a cab back to Lenox Square.

If you're from Georgia, then this is truly an experience that you should not pass up. If you're from out of town, and whether or not you have a keen interest in politics, spending an hour or so in the Georgia Governor's Mansion is a fabulous insight into the history of Georgia and the importance of this beautiful building.
Written March 22, 2015
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J H
Calgary, Canada424 contributions
Sep 2014 • Family
The tour is very informative. The house is beautiful. Wish we would have had more time to explore outside. The tour is only of the main level. Usually the first wife greets you but she had appointments the day we arrived.
Written October 6, 2014
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patrat236
Stone Mountain, GA806 contributions
Dec 2014 • Solo
Visiting the Georgia Governor's Mansion during Christmas was a wonderful way to spend an afternoon. I was warmly greeted at the front door by first lady Sandra Deal. She was gracious enough to pose for pictures with all who entered.

The mansion is located in the affluent Buckhead area of Atlanta in the Tuxedo park neighborhood. It stands on 18 acres and is 24,000 square feet. The tour allows for visiting the first and ground floors only. The furnishings are beautiful, mostly from the Federal period.

The Georgia Governor's Mansion is open for tours during the year, but Christmas is a magical time in the house and the grounds. There were choirs from around the city providing wonderful entertainment throughout the day along with free offerings of cookies and hot chocolate. As I made my way through the house I could only wonder 'If These Walls Could Talk'.
Written December 28, 2014
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ohsouthernlady
Atlanta, GA28 contributions
Dec 2012
What a treat this is, to be able to walk through the downstairs living area of the current governor and have it decorated for Christmas. It is only open to the public for about a week, so check the dates for this.
Written March 7, 2013
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missruncia
Toronto ON Canada97 contributions
Feb 2020
Staff are definitely part of the entertainment. Beautiful grounds and history. Check hours are they are limited to certain days and hours. Bring your ID as security requests on the way in.
Written February 24, 2020
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JadziaD
Atlanta, GA27 contributions
Dec 2018 • Friends
Georgia's First Lady was at the entrance to welcome guest to the Governor's Mansion. The theme of this years holiday tour is children's books. The numerous Christmas trees had ornaments made by local school children. Each ornament and display represented a children's book. The tour is self-guided. Lots of Georgia history.
Written January 1, 2019
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rolsto314
Norwood, GA320 contributions
Dec 2016 • Friends
Easy do it yourself tour of Greek Revival 30 room mansion. Tour times are 10:00am until 11:30 on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday at no fee. Easy parking and traffic control. A welcome greeting and hand shake by the First Lady (Sandra) in her red Christmas coat and welcoming smile. We visited during the holidays and had the treat of viewing the main floor and basement decked with greenery, lights, multiple decorated trees. Different groups were also playing music. Many period pieces. Great for photo ops. Arrive early to miss tour buses. Lite refreshments and restrooms are in basement. Handicap and elevator access. Great for group, family, couples, singles. In spring and summer the grounds are beautiful.
Written January 16, 2017
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somewhereingeorgia
Georgia888 contributions
Dec 2015 • Friends
We went when the mansion was decorated for Christmas, and the governor's wife met us at the front door! ha! Each of the public rooms is decorated with trees identical to the family tree used for each Georgia governor over the years. Some are Victorian and some trees have children's toys and more modern art.
Written July 17, 2016
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John G
Glenrothes, UK170 contributions
Jun 2016
We were able to visit here during our stay in Atlanta. It was a really great surprise that the Governor's wife welcomed us personally at the front door. We return to Scotland so pleased to have met such a dear sweet lady and some of her gracious friends inside the mansion. Thanks to everyone involved and especially the first lady of Georgia.
Written June 16, 2016
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LindaGale54
Forsyth, GA70 contributions
Apr 2015
This is a place of history and has great furnishings from different eras. There are certain times that you can go and actually meet the Governor and First Lady. The artwork and furnishings are kept up magnificently.
Written June 17, 2015
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