Leland Stanford Mansion State Historic Park, Sacramento

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The Leland Stanford Mansion, often known simply as the Stanford Mansion, is a historic mansion and California State Park in Sacramento, California, which serves as the official reception center for the Californian government and as one of the official workplaces of the Governor of California.

Built in 1856, the mansion was formerly the residence of Leland Stanford, 8th Governor of California and founder of Stanford University. The Stanford family donated the estate to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Sacramento in 1900, which maintained a children's home on the estate until 1978. Subsequently, the Californian government purchased the property to serve as the Californian capital's ceremonial reception center and as a state park, officially known as the Leland Stanford Mansion State Historic Park.

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  • Robin was a great tour guide - personable, knowledgeable and let us take our time room to room to enjoy. Beautiful home with an interesting family story. 
    Robin was a great tour guide - personable, knowledgeable and let us take our time room to room to enjoy. Beautiful home with an interesting family story.  more »
  • Great 30 minute tour covering history of the mansion and insights to the 1800s. This is a free tour and Robin did a phenomenal job balancing the information and keeping our 3 year old interested... 
    Great 30 minute tour covering history of the mansion and insights to the 1800s. This is a free tour and Robin did a phenomenal job balancing the information and keeping our 3 year old interested...  more »
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  • Lady in the Visitor Center was great, helpful and fun to talk to. House is beautiful. Only disappointment was that we didn't get to go inside. Said tours end at 4, but that isn't noted on the sign. We were there at 4:10. Expected to be able to go in until 5.
  • To go on a tour you must first go to the visitor's center. This center wasn't super obvious, but we quickly found it to the left of the mansion. The tour lasted around 45 minutes, and our guide, Jolene, was very knowledgable and was able to answer every question asked of her. There is an elevator so you don't need to take the stairs. The inside of the mansion was incredible and it was fun to see.

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