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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Happy Tuesday Tale: Executive Mansion

Creative and Motivational Thinker aka CaMT ala Dad of Angel Madi

January surprised us with exceptionally agreeable weather!!
(but that changed January 17)

CaMT took me downtown on another excursion.  Happy Days we found a 
parking spot that was free and not 100 miles away from out intended photo shoot.

It occupies 9 acres in downtown Raleigh with numerous gardens and
exquisite landscaping.  Construction began in 1883- 1891.
All the labor was done by prisoners.  Craftsmanship is amazing.

Front View

This is the brick wall on the right side of the front gate.
You might notice it currently my blog header

side view
Slate roof is a work of art

property is full of Rhododendron, Azaleas which put on quite a show
in the spring.  I need to go back when things are a bloom.

 There are always seasonal flower beds
and when all the hardwoods are full of leaves it looks like a magical forest

Interesting modern sculpture

The side walk around it is in a herringbone pattern.
We noticed many of the bricks had what appeared to be names.
Probably of the prisoners who made the bricks.

The first floor is open to the public several times a year.  Many years ago we went a Christmas...spectacular.  We took the public tour at Christmas many years ago.
For as long as I can remember the Mansion has also been the residence of many
furry members of the Governor's family.

A side note here:
When I was in the 6th grade, I attended Murphy Elementary, which was ~ 2 blocks from the Mansion..our Governor at the time was Terry Sanford, his daughter was in my 6th class.  
The entire class was invited to the mansion and we were allowed to go up 
into the private quarters where we were served a delicious afternoon snack.

If you would like to read more about the Executive Mansion,
click here.


  1. It's a gorgeous building and impressive property.

  2. oh we love it!!! and how great that you saw the parts of the house other people can't... and even with snacks... pawsome!!!

  3. That is a beautiful old building. The modern sculpture is unusual and looks a bit out of place.

  4. What a beautiful home. Love the birdhouse!

  5. Gosh that is one gorgeous home.....and built by prisoners.....AMAZING - absolutely AMAZING.

    Hugs, Pam

  6. That mansion is amazing - even breath-taking. If I moved in, I'm pretty sure I'd never want to leave!

  7. Oh wow, what a fun place to visit. It is great that the house has been maintained so everyone can see it. You all have a terrific Tuesday.

  8. Love it! A really spectacular place.

  9. I would LOVE to go there! What're some of the names, Angel Madi? Do you remember? How many bricks had names?Any guess? Does the literature about the place say anything about the,, and does any thing say how long it took to build?

  10. I saw Molly's comment and I meant to comment on that bird house too. Are you in Raleigh itself?

  11. That is a very impressive Executive Mansion. A whole lot of brick! The modern sculpture is... um, unique!

  12. not only is the slate roof a work of art, that gate is a work of art also... I don't even know where the governor mansion was in Ga when I was in grade school or where it is now. much less go inside it...

  13. What an amazing place! We enjoyed seeing your pictures of it.

  14. What a beautiful place. We hope you do go back when the shrubs are in bloom to get another series of pictures.

  15. WOW, that mansion is to pretty and fancy to waste it on a politician!

  16. I've always dreamed of living in a house that was surrounded by a brick fence...maybe I lived near this place in a previous life?

  17. Beautiful and what a wonderful thing getting to go when you were in school. What a treat that was for sure.

    Thank you for joining the Happy Tuesday Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Happy Tuesday. Big hug. ♥

  18. Hari OM
    That's impressive!!! Thanks for the tour &*> YAM xx

  19. Beautiful! Yes, do go back when the flowers are in bloom!

  20. C; this is cool !!! thanx for sharing, I can imagine the upkeep ! ☺☺♥♥

  21. What a beautiful mansion...I really enjoy all the brickwork and wrought iron!!

  22. That is a beautiful place. Thank you for the kind words you left for me on my blog for the loss of Milie. XO

  23. We love to see the old architecture like that. Thank you for showing it to us.

  24. That is a magnificent old mansion! How cool that you got to go inside as a child. You must have been awe-struck. I know I would have been.

  25. What a beautiful mansion. We are a bit jelly that you have such interesting places to visit
    Mabel & Hilda

  26. I thought I recognized those pansies from being on your header! I think about the governor and his/her family only being able to live there while in office, then have to move again. I guess I am in an "I'm never moving again" phase of life, LOL.


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