The Tennessee Governor's Mansion, also known as the Tennessee Residence, in Oak Hill, Nashville, Tennessee, is the official residence of the Governor of Tennessee and his family. It is a three-story Georgian-style mansion that was built as a private home for William Ridley Wills and his family in 1929. It is on a 10acre tract about south of the Tennessee State Capitol in Nashville. The state purchased the house in 1949 and it has served as the home of Tennessee's governors since then.Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Governor's Residence by using our Nashville trip itinerary planner.
The first renovation since the residence was purchased by the state was completed during the spring of 2010. The project was initiated in 2005 by Andrea Conte, the wife of then-Governor Phil Bredesen. For years, maintenance had been deferred by governors wary of alienating voters. Prior to the renovation, the slate roof leaked, ceiling and wall plaster had many cracks, lead-based paint was peeling, and the residence was still heated and cooled by the original hot and cold water radiator system. Two other major problems were the relative lack of accessibility for disabled persons, and inadequate formal dining/gathering space. The formal dining room seated only 22 people, but state dinners often had more than 50 guests. In those situations, tents were erected on the front lawn along with port-o-let toilets for the guests of state to use.
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I was honored to be able to volunteer during the first responders Christmas of Trees decorations and stand next to the women in military treee. So much hard work was involved and each piece was made..... more »
The tour is free and you will be amazed. The grounds are beautifully manicured and decorated for your arrival to the Governor's Mansion. The guided tour will leave you with a plethora of knowledge... more »
Amy Stewart gave us a tour of the mansion which was just a beautiful place to be. From the Elvis room, to the conservatory, to the guests living quarters upstairs; the entire mansion was a sight to behold. We just loved all of the history that was in there and you really felt like you were in the presence of great historical events of the past. I hope they continue to update it while keeping its historical charm preserved as much as they can for many years to come. It was really a privilege and an honor to have the opportunity to see the mansion and I recommend anyone who gets the chance to take full advantage of it.
Interesting place, both inside and the gardens too. Plus great deal. FREE
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