If a man’s home is his castle, a governor’s home is an enchanted castle where magic little men spin straw into public-works projects. Visit the home of numerous straw-spinning leaders with today’s Groupon: for $6, you get two tickets to tour the Old Governor’s Mansion in Beauregard Town (up to a $14 value).
Having given residential refuge to nine governors and their families, the Old Governor’s Mansion stands as one of the state’s foremost historical structures. Amble across floors once trampled by the feet of such men as governor and country-music legend Jimmie Davis, Governor O.K. Allen, and Governor Huey P. Long, the “Kingfish,” feared for his shrewd political skills and mighty mackerel militia. Some of the mansion’s most majestic spaces include the terrazzo-floored and crystal-chandeliered East Ballroom, once used to host visiting VIPs, and an opulent marble staircase, the site of marathon slinky races used to set tax policy. The library, completely coated in dark-wood paneling and a hard candy shell, features an enormous fireplace, as well as secret doors that lead to North Dakota.
Part of the National Register of Historic Places, the Old Governor’s Mansion shares a number of qualities with the White House, including an oval room on the second floor, East Wing guest bedrooms, and George Washington’s handprints in the sidewalk outside. A beautiful setting in which to immerse yourself in the state’s rich political past, the mansion serves as a one-of-a-kind resource for both history buffs and architecture aficionados.
The mansion is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with the last tour beginning at 3 p.m.
502 N Blvd.
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70802Get Directions