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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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  • July 1, 2017
    I was feeling that I had seen enough State capitols and seeing that the Governors Mansion in this State was open to the Public decided to go . It is a guided tour and not available every day but it wa...  more »
  • May 1, 2017
    Built in 1914. Learn about the construction of the mansion and later restoration. We enjoyed listening to our tour guide. She was passionate with telling stories of past families and the history of th...  more »
  • April 23, 2017
    The building has been restored. We did not have a tour just a short talk. The garden in back was lovely.  more »
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  • June 21, 2017
    Beautiful facility that represents the people and government of Kentucky.
  • January 5, 2017
    Beautifully decorated for Christmas. Guides were very knowledgeable.
  • April 7, 2017
    Great
  • 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.
  • August 2, 2016
    Beautiful old architecture

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