The Governor's Mansion

Free tours of the property are offered Tuesday through Thursday mornings.

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Inside the Governor's Mansion in Atlanta (13 of 13)

 Free tours of the property are offered Tuesday through Thursday mornings.
Georgia's governor has opened the doors to this gorgeous Greek-revival mansion in Buckhead, a posh suburb of Atlanta located about 15 to 20 minutes outside of the Downtown area. Built in 1967 on a lush 18-acre swath of land, this 30-room mansion has been the home of some of Georgia's great leaders, including Jimmy Carter and Roy Barnes. Now, visitors to this Southern state can take a step back in time themselves and test out their political savvy in the mansion's lofty halls. When we visited Atlanta, we had to get a glimpse inside -- check out our photos in this slideshow! The house covers 24,000 square feet and has a total of 30 Doric columns around the porches. All of the rooms on the first floor are used for official entertaining, while those on the second floor contain the Governor's private living quarters. The state seal is inlaid in the entrance-way. Considered to be museum quality, the furnishings make up one of the finest Federal Period collections in the United States. Every last detail is historically interesting -- even the door knobs show off some Atlanta pride. The furnishings were acquired by a 70-member fine arts committee while the Mansion was being constructed. It is a permanent collection and belongs to the state of Georgia and does not change from one administration to the next. The library contains numerous first-edition books by Georgia authors, including a signed copy of Margaret Mitchell's "Gone with the Wind." The park-like grounds features numerous fountains, a swimming pool, tennis courts, children's play area, and a greenhouse. From the porch, visitors can take in the expansive grounds while swinging in a rocking chair. Perfectly manicured, these grounds have been the site of plenty of political gatherings and elegant affairs -- as well as a far less formal annual Easter Egg Hunt. The centerpiece of the mansion's entrance is a Georgia marble fountain with three large flagpoles. Free tours of the property are offered Tuesday through Thursday mornings.
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