Day 62: Tour the governor’s mansion

3 Mar

The governor’s mansion sits a few blocks from the Capitol on Adams Street. The only indication this historic home is anything special is the fact that the road is blocked off in front of it, which I heard happened after Sept. 11. The brick home has Corinthian columns and is made to look historic but was actually built in 1956. The 1907 version was dismantled and considered a fire hazard. Tours of the mansion aren’t easy to come by, but they are free. The mansion has a very short “tour season,” from March to May and for a few weeks in December. Other times of the year tours are available by appointment only. The tour consists of most of the downstairs rooms, which includes the entry hall, dining room, a sitting room, library, guest room and “Florida room,” or an enclosed porch. All of the furniture in the home is from the 18th or early 19th century, with a few replicas. Each governor is allowed to include his or her own family pictures and make decisions on the art work, but the furniture stays the same. Even the library books, I learned, were chosen for them. They are all books from Florida authors or about Florida. The guest room was the most interesting to me because of its two tiny twin beds. If a couple stayed there, as the former President George H.W. Bush and his wife Barbara did, they stayed in separate beds. One interesting fact I learned was that the mansion employs a florist, who keeps fresh flowers in each room. We were surprised when the First Lady, Ann Scott, popped into the tour to say hello and shake our hands. The tour ended after about 45 minutes.

Address: 700 North Adams Street

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2 Responses to “Day 62: Tour the governor’s mansion”

  1. alexanichol March 3, 2011 at 8:55 am #

    How do we get to go on the tour? This is something i definitely want to do.

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