Governor’s Mansion State Historic Park

  

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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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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.  Now a State Historic Park, the stately home is undergoing 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 is 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.  “Treasure Maps” lead the visitor on a self-guided tour of the garden and point out oddities and rare garden finds.

As Park Interpretive Specialist I also have the opportunity to interpret the history of the house through tours, events and a community outreach program called “Mansion Memories.”  It is a living history program that features 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 is a magical place, a walk back in time, filled with memories of love and laughter.  The families who enjoyed the 6 story, Victorian masterpiece are recalled in the eclectic blend of furnishings and decor that span nearly 100 years.

Within the walls of the mansion and along its garden path is evidence of the layers of time and the in print of the people who lived and worked there.

In many ways it’s California’s own Downton Abbey.  The stately home was residence to Governors upstairs and servants below stairs.  It is rich in its ability to tell so many stories from a wide range of eras, 1877 - 1967.  Today it is a beloved State Historic Park and visited by folks from all over the world.

It is a California history treasure trove, inside and out!

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 SHP
Governor's Mansion State Historic Park

Governor’s Mansion SHP

Effective January 1, 2015, the Governor’s Mansion State Historic Park will close to the public for an extensive renovation project.

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Historic Governor’s Mansion - Home

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