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Governor's Mansion, Frankfort

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The Old Governor's Mansion, also known as Lieutenant Governor's Mansion, is located at 420 High Street, Frankfort, Kentucky. It is reputed to be the oldest official executive residence officially still in use in the United States, as the mansion is the official residence of the Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky.In 1796, the Kentucky General Assembly appropriated funds to provide a house to accommodate the governor. Construction was completed in 1798. The home barely survived fires and neglect through the years. It has undergone several style changes as evidenced by some Victorian design elements that were added.The Mansion was often referred to as the "Palace" in its early days. Dignitaries including Theodore Roosevelt, Andrew Jackson, Louis-Philippe of France, Henry Clay, William Jennings Bryan and the Marquis de Lafayette have been guests of the Mansion. The last occupants of the mansion were Lieutenant Governor Steve Henry and his wife Heather French Henry. Since Henry, Lieutenant Governors have chosen not to live in the mansion but to maintain residences in their hometowns and travel to Frankfort as needed. Because of this, the mansion has been turned over to the Kentucky Historical Society.
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  • The governor's house is near the state capital and the floral clock. It is very pretty, parking is free, and I believe you can tour it also. Check for hours of operation with the KY visitors bureau.  more »
  • Have enjoyed several occasions at this mansion. It has always been the people's mansion. Love to go at Christmas and enjoy all the different Christmas trees.  more »
  • this was a beautiful building. If you're spending the day in Frankfort, be sure to do this first as they only give tours (which are free) between 9 and 11 o'clock.  more »
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  • After visiting the Capitol building on the weekend, we came back on a Tuesday to tour he mansion. Unfortunately we thought the last tour left at 11, but it actually left at 10:30! The world's nicest lady took us around anyways and we had our own private tour, which was simply amazing. This building has lots of rich history. It was a great time and we were lucky their staff is so nice.
  • The people there lokked at me like i was ugly, and i said excuse me. And they farted on me
  • Beautiful, historical, and you can see it all in an hour or two.
  • Beautiful! The tour guide, a former educator, was very knowledgeable and gave a fascinating tour.
  • Beautiful facility that represents the people and government of Kentucky.

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