Governor to open executive mansion in celebration of Virginia Historic Garden Week

exec mansionGov. Terry McAuliffe and First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe today announced that the Virginia’s Executive Mansion and its gardens will be open to visitors on Tuesday, April 29 in celebration of Virginia Historic Garden Week.

Built in 1813 as a residence for Virginia’s governors, the mansion is the oldest in continuous use in the United States. Included in the walk-through tour will be the first floor public rooms featuring floral arrangements especially created for the occasion the backyard garden designed by noted landscape architect, Charles Gillette; and the rarely viewed North walled garden.

“It is our pleasure to welcome guests into the oldest occupied governor’s mansion in the United States,” said Governor McAuliffe. “The Executive Mansion has served as the residence for Virginia governors and their families for more than 200 years, and we are excited to share that history with our fellow Virginians in celebration of Virginia Historic Garden Week.”

First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe said, “The Governor and I are thrilled to welcome visitors to the Mansion and to offer them the opportunity to explore its beautiful gardens.  This celebration of Garden Week is an ideal occasion for us to open the doors to this magnificent home, which is truly the people’s house, and to provide the public a chance to learn more about its rich history.”


Hours: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Cost: Event is free. Reservations are not required.

Parking: A limited number of metered public parking spaces (2 hours) are located on the west side of 10th Street, between Main and Bank Streets; on Bank Street, between Governor and 14th Streets; on the south side of Main Street, between 9th and 12th Streets; and on 12th Street between Main and Bank Streets. Garage parking is available at St. Paul’s deck on 8thand Grace for $5.00.


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