Governor’s Mansion State Historic Park

  

We hope you enjoy the following video virtual tour of the Governor’s Mansion State Historic Park as it appeared from 1967-2014.  Special thanks to California State Parks volunteer photographer Britt Moise.

  

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This page consists of a brief introductory text, clickable links and photos (CLICK some pictures for enlargements).

In February 2012 I was hired by California State Parks to begin a community outreach program for the garden at the Governor’s Mansion State Historic Park in Sacramento, CA.

The Governor’s Mansion was home to 13 governors and their families from 1903 to 1967. This Second Empire Italianate mansion was built in 1877 by gold rush millionaire Albert Gallatin. Formerly a State Historic Park, the stately home underwent a transformation inside and out.

My task was to create a team of volunteers to help restore the grounds to their former grandeur.  The result was the Mansion Gardener Volunteer Program, which earned a “Best Comeback” in Sacramento Magazine, is the winner of two prestigious awards:

Daughters of the American Revolution Historic Preservation Award

Daughters of the American Revolution Historic Preservation Award
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Sacramento Tree Foundation 2014 Tree Hero Award

Sacramento Tree Foundation 2014 Tree Hero Award

The grounds are lush with plantings of heirloom flowers, grand old camellias and a fine collection of heritage trees. As Park Interpretive Specialist I also had the opportunity to interpret the history of the house through tours, events and a community outreach program called “Mansion Memories.” It was a living history program that featured cameo appearances by the first ladies of California who called the place “home.”

 

I’ve had the opportunity to play 5 different first ladies.
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Helen Pardee - 1903 - 1907
Helen Pardee - 1903 - 1907

Isabella Gillette - 1907-1911
Isabella Gillette - 1907-1911

  

Virginia Knight - 1954-1959
Virginia Knight - 1954-1959

Bernice Brown - 1959-1967
Bernice Brown - 1959-1967

  

Nancy Reagan - 1967
Nancy Reagan - 1967

Bonnie as herself
Bonnie as herself

 

The Governor’s Mansion State Historic Park was a magical place, a walk back in time, filled with memories of love and laughter. The families who enjoyed the 6-story, Victorian masterpiece were recalled in the eclectic blend of furnishings and decor that spanned nearly 100 years.

In many ways it was California’s own Downton Abbey. The stately home was residence to Governors upstairs and servants below stairs. When it was open as a State Historic Park, it was rich in its ability to tell so many stories from a wide range of eras, 1877 - 1967.

Currently it is closed to the public, and has returned to the status of official home of the Governor of California. The inside was largely altered in 2015. You can recall it’s former days as a museum home, in the following document and thorough volunteer Britt Moise’s award winning slide show at the top of the page.

Click on the following link to enjoy the 17-page online PDF document about “The Historic Governor’s Mansion of California” (Adobe Reader is required)

http://www.parks.ca.gov/pages/498/files/mansion.pdf

Governor's Mansion State Historic Park

View the Governor’s Mansion at www.parks.ca.gov

California’s executive mansion, popularly known at the Governor’s Mansion, was built in 1877 for Albert and Clemenza Gallatin.

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