Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Virginia's Executive Mansion Celebrates Bicentennial

Virginia's Executive Mansion is the oldest continuously occupied gubernatorial residence in the United States. Governor James Barbour and his family became the mansion's first inhabitants in 1813.

In her book, "First House: Two Centuries with Virginia's First Families," Mary Miley Theobald, discusses the Commonwealth's first families and their activities when they lived in the Governor's Mansion, which is located in Capitol Square in downtown Richmond. Two widowed governors, Henry "Lighthorse Harry" Lee and John Garland Pollard, remarried while in office. Three Virginia Governors went on to become President of the United States: Thomas Jefferson, James Monroe, and John Tyler, Jr. Two Virginia first ladies, Martha Jefferson Randolph and Anne Holton, had fathers who served as Governor of Virginia. Two governors, John Tyler Jr. and John Buchanan Floyd, were sons of previous Governors. Two former Governors, Tim Kaine and George Allen, recently ran against each other to represent Virginia in the United States Senate.

While the Executive Mansion is not the oldest house in Virginia or the most ostentatious or ornate, this outstanding example of Federal architecture has been home, office, and center for official entertaining to almost sixty Governors. It also was recently featured as a location for the filming of the Oscar nominated movie "Lincoln." The Virginia Governor's Mansion is just a short drive from Maury Place at Monument.

Mac Pence and Jeff Wells
your Richmond Virginia Bed and Breakfast Innkeepers at Maury Place at Monument