The history of the North Carolina Executive Mansion

The mansion welcomed its first governor in January 1891.

A black and white photo of The Governor's Mansion.

In spring, guests can tour the mansion’s grounds.

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In case you missed it, Wallethub recently named Raleigh the second best state capital in the nation. Our capital city is the seat of our state government and is home to the NC Executive Mansion, the official residence of NC governors.

The NC Executive Mansion was designed and built by renowned architects Samuel Sloan and Adolphus Gustavus Bauer. In the early stages of construction, Samuel died unexpectedly of sunstroke in 1885. This left his partner Adolphus Gustavus to finish the extravagant project.

In January 1891, Governor Daniel G. Fowle and his daughter were the first to move into the mansion. The manor made the National Register of Historic Places in 1970.

Gov. Roy Cooper and his family currently reside in the estate. They welcome guests to tour the historic grounds from March 22 to April 27. In the meantime, learn more about the first family and take a virtual tour of the residence.

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