Mississippi Governor’s Mansion
NOTE: The Mississippi Governor’s Mansion will be closed on Wednesday, November 11 in observance of Veterans Day. The Mansion will also be closed from November 16 through November 30 to prepare Christmas decorations and for the Thanksgiving holiday. The Mansion will reopen for Christmas tours on Tuesday, December 1.
First occupied in 1842, the Mississippi Governor’s Mansion is the second oldest continuously occupied governor’s residence in the United States. In 1975, it was designated a National Historic Landmark, making it at that time one of only two state gubernatorial residences to receive this honor.
In January 1833, the Mississippi legislature appropriated funds to build a capitol building and a “suitable house for the Governor.” Delayed by a serious depression caused by the Panic of 1837, construction of the Governor’s Mansion was not begun until 1839, the same year that the Capitol building was completed. In January 1842, Governor Tilghman Tucker and his family moved into the Mansion, which had been constructed for a cost of approximately $50,000.00.
Both the Capitol building (Old Capitol) and the Governor’s Mansion were designed by architect William Nichols (1780-1853), a native of Bath, England. William Nichols designed the Mansion in the period’s most popular architectural style: Greek Revival. Architectural historians consider the Mississippi Governor’s Mansion to be one of the finest surviving examples of the Greek Revival style in the United States.
The historic section of the Governor’s Mansion is normally open to the public Tuesday through Friday, 9:30 to 11 a.m. Guided tours are given every half-hour beginning at 9:30 a.m., with the last tour beginning at 11 a.m. Admission is free. For security reasons, the Mansion grounds are not open for touring and public restrooms are not available. Reservations must be made in advance for groups of ten or more by calling the Mansion curator at 601-359-6421.
The Governor’s Mansion is accessible to visitors with disabilities; please contact the Mansion curator in advance at 601-359-6421 to discuss any needs. No animals are allowed in the historic section of the Governor’s Mansion with the exception of service animals.
The Mansion is closed to the public the last two weeks in December. The Mansion may be closed at other times for official state functions and other events hosted by the governor. Please call 601-359-6421 to confirm the availability of the Mansion for tours.
The historic section and grounds of the Governor’s Mansion have been designated as an area for limited public use by educational, historical, or other non-profit organizations. The Mansion and grounds are not available to private individuals acting on their own. All inquiries regarding facility use of the historic section and/or grounds of the Governor’s Mansion should be directed to the Mansion administrator at (601) 359-3175.
The Board of Trustees of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History has statutory authority and the responsibility to establish guidelines for public access and organizational use of the Mansion in order to protect and preserve the historic structure and the historic furnishings.
The Mansion and grounds may be scheduled for no more than one tea or reception per week, Tuesday through Friday, dependent on availability. No organization will be allowed to use the Governor’s Mansion for entertaining more than once a year.
On occasion, it will be necessary to rearrange scheduling due to emergency use of the Mansion by the governor for official state functions or other important uses. The understanding and flexibility of the affected organization is requested in those infrequent instances of cancellation or postponement of a scheduled function.
Requests for use of the Mansion should be made in writing to the Mansion administrator, 300 East Capitol Street, Jackson, MS 39201, at least six weeks prior to the scheduled date of a function. The request should provide as much information as possible on proposed plans and arrangements for an event, including the general purpose of the event and the anticipated number of guests. All arrangements must be approved in advance by the Mansion administrator.
If the requested use is approved, the authorized representative of the organization will be expected to sign a Facility Use Contract and to pay a Mansion Use Fee based on the number of persons expected to attend the event (0 to 25 persons – $100.00; 26 to 99 persons – $200.00; 100 to 200 persons – $400.00).
Tours of the Governor’s Mansion are conducted by trained volunteer docents who graciously donate their time to interpret the Mansion to visitors. Docents are required to complete a comprehensive training program through the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, and to be willing to give tours two mornings a month. Docents provide an extremely valuable service of interpreting the Mansion to the public. Individuals interested in becoming docents may contact the Mansion curator at (601) 359-6421 for more information.
Directions: The Mississippi Governor’s Mansion is located at 300 East Capitol Street, Jackson, MS 39201. Take the Pearl Street exit (96A) off I-55 and follow Pearl to West Street. Turn right onto West, go one block to Capitol Street and immediately past Capitol Street look on the right for the side gate of the Mansion. Individuals and groups should gather at this gate for tours.
For security reasons, the public is not permitted to park on the Mansion grounds. Metered parking on adjacent streets and in city parking lots is available. Please contact the Mansion curator in advance at (601) 359-6421 to request on the grounds parking for visitors with disabilities.