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Governor's Mansion

Submitted by Debbie Quinn

Kentucky did not have an official governor's residence until the Kentucky General Assembly appropriated funds to provide houses to accommodate the governor in 1796.
Construction was completed in 1798.

KY Governor's Mansion
The Old Governor's Mansion is reputed to be the oldest official executive residence still in use in the United States. Barely surviving fires and neglect, the house has undergone several style changes and a major renovation to the property which was completed in 2004.

Often referred to as the "Palace" in its early days, the mansion has always been distinguished by the hospitality of its occupants.

The interior received upgrades to the electrical and plumbing systems along with remodeled spaces on the second floor. The rear of the mansion received a new porch and entry way to align with the recent completion of the garden area.
The first floor is now interpreted to a period no later than the 1840s with historically appropriate furnishings and colors.
governor's mansion

The address is:
Old Governor's Mansion
420 High Street
Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 564-3449

The old Mansion is open for tours Monday, Tuesday and Thurday afternoons between 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Contact the Capitol Tour Desk for reservations and additional information at (502) 564-3449.


Current Governor's Mansion, completed in 1914.
KY Governor's Mansion

The "new" mansion has served as home to the state's governors since 1914.

Governor James B. McCreary, was the first Governor to live in the Mansion

In 1972 it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Kentucky's Governor's Mansion is one of only a handful of executive residences in the United States to be open to the public for tours.

The current Kentucky Governor's Mansion is located at:
704 Capitol Avenue
Frankfort, Kentucky 40601

Regularly scheduled public tours of The Governor's Mansion are available every Tuesday and Thursday morning from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. (excluding some federal and all state holidays).
Call (502) 564-3449 for more information.



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