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The Governor's Mansion, the most historic house in Texas, sits on a beautifully landscaped city block in Austin near the Capitol building. Built in 1856, it is the oldest continuously occupied executive residence west of the Mississippi. The...more
My wife and I are on an extended motorhome trip playing golf and sightseeing from California to Alabama. One of our stops was in Austin for 10 days we decided to see the Texas Governors Mansion just after visiting the State Capitol Building which is...More
Touring the Mansion requires at least two weeks notice as background checks are run. Our guide was knowledgeable and had a couple of amusing anecdotes. This was not the most exciting or interesting tour so not sure it was worth it?
Book free tour online. Arrive early for security check. No purses or flash photography on the tour. Mansion fire damages were repaired and it recently reopened. Tour guide knew Texas history and gave ideas of other places to visit.
A real Texas history lesson is visiting the Alamo, the Capitol, and the Governor's Mansion. I call this living history because the Governor and his family live here with all the antiques of Texas past. Just seeing Stephen F Austin's actual desk is amazing. Very...More
Was able to see a few rooms, formal parlor, informal parlor, library, informal dining room but only saw the bottom floor of the original mansion. The actual compound is behind this ceremonial building. Lots of antique furniture and furnishings.
Security considerations give the mansion the look of a fortified embassy building rather than a home
We walked around the impressive exterior but could not find anywhere from which to take a good photograph.
Best must be to book and take a tour when it...More
A lovely afternoon concluded with a tour and tea with the First Lady of Texas, Cecelia Abbott. The house is amazing, and every time I visit I am overwhelmed by the sense of history and calm that permeate every room. You are met by docents...More