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“Lovely park around the building”
Review of Executive Mansion

Executive Mansion
Ranked #79 of 187 things to do in Richmond
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Owner description: This historic home, an excellent example of Federal style architecture, has been the residence of Virginia's governors since 1813, making it the longest occupied governor's living quarters in the U.S.
Reviewed August 13, 2012

My family enjoyed the park area and is monuments. Very nice evening walk. History of the place is great to learn about.

1  Thank MitziLinka
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Reviewed February 16, 2012

was able to tour once - altho small, it's really as nice as the White House -- very lovely - worth the visit. neat stories about the families who have lived there.

4  Thank obx64
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Reviewed October 16, 2011

This is the oldest continuously occuppied governor's mansion in the US, built in 1813. It is very impressive and located right next to the Original Capitol building in Richmond. it is actually open to tour daily (unless the governor has a function occuring there), but there is no signage or markings indicating this is so.

It was very difficult to find out how to tour this; we called the telpehone # and the person we talked to indicated that it was open to visit. However, when we arrived, there was no indication as to where to enter. There was no one at the guard gate in front of the mansion, and when we located a security officer there he seemed disinclined to be helpful. Finally, he said to wait and that there would be a tour in 15 minutes. After 15+ minutes, we inquired as to the status. He then treated us like a nuisiance and said to keep waiting -- out in the sun, with no where to sit even though beyond the gate it was shaded. After about another 45 minute wait (with no information), we were told we could enter beyond the gate, but still wait. This guard was, at best, unhelpful and generally pretty rude.

Once we finally entered the mansion, the docent was pleasant and informative. The tour is limited to the first floor of the houe and the gardens as the governor and his family resides here. The mansion, itself, is very interesting and historic and would be worth visiting if it had not been so difficult to gain access.

I would have rated this attraction as "Very Good" except for the difficulties and horrible treatment in gaining access to the mansion. Once we were in, it was great, but not worth the hassel to gain entrance. This probably explains why no one else has reviewed this on Tripadvisor. Although technically open, it appears that everyone is discouraged from visiting.

15  Thank CynthiafromOhio2011
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