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“Elegant Mansion, Wonderful Tour”
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Governor's Mansion
Ranked #14 of 38 things to do in Frankfort
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Owner description: Built in 1914 as the new Governor's mansion, this is the oldest official governor's residence in the United States.
Nashville, TN
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863 reviews
579 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 825 helpful votes
“Elegant Mansion, Wonderful Tour”
Reviewed April 24, 2014

We arrived for the first tour of the day and experienced a very good tour led by an excellent tour guide. The public first floor rooms are all beautifully and elegantly decorated -- a delight to the eyes. Our guide not only told of the architecture and furnishings, he also told stories of the first families who have lived in the mansion -- well worth the time. Give yourself a little more time to enjoy the grounds and gardens. Do not fail to visit the beautiful State Capitol building. Parking for mansion visitors is conveniently located between the mansion and the capitol.

Visited April 2014
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Sarasota
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135 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“Lovely!”
Reviewed October 26, 2013

The mansion is quite imposing from the outside but softened by a fountain and colorful flowers and bushes.
The 4 large main first-floor rooms(the Governor's and First Lady's Reception Rooms, The Ballroom and the Dining Room) off the long entrance hall are imposing and quite ornate. There are many paintings of KY's famous horses, naturally! It's interesting to see a gallery of formal photos of all the governors on one wall with the first ladies on an opposite wall. Our guide(the Houseman has been in his job for many years) gave us quite an insight on the building and the furnishings. The Mansion visit was quite informative and a great experience!

Visited October 2013
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Chicago, IL
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885 reviews
478 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 308 helpful votes
“Beautiful mansion”
Reviewed October 7, 2013

The Governor's mansion is right next to the "new" State Capitol building. The grounds are very lovely. Tours are available 2 days a week, so check if you want to tour the inside.

Visited September 2013
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Cincinnati
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70 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Have to be there on the right day, well worth a couple hours”
Reviewed August 29, 2013

If you happen to be in Frankfort when the Mansion is open for tours, be sure to take one. Lots of history, beautiful décor, guides share entertaining info.

Visited September 2012
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Bowling Green, Kentucky
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108 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Scout day at the Capitol”
Reviewed April 23, 2013

Ground floor visit only. It is worth the time. Only open on certain days for tours but really cool. We did not have time to look at the kitchen. Would go again.

Visited February 2013
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