The Wyoming Historic Governors' Mansion, located on the corner of 21st Street and House Avenue, served as home to 19 of Wyoming’s governors and their families, including the nation’s first female governor, Nellie Tayloe Ross. Stepping onto the political stage in 1925 to win this monumental election, she changed America’s history as well as the history of Wyoming. The mansion has been host to United States presidents, famous authors, and neighborhood children. It is now your turn to be our guest.
The stately mansion, designed by Charles Murdock, was modern in 1905 because of its central plumbing, hot water heat, and combination gas and electrical fixtures. This two-and-a-half story structure’s portico features solid sandstone Corinthian columns that were quarried in four sections, carved on-site and assembled. Construction of the mansion began in the spring of 1904 and was completed that fall. Governor Bryant Brooks and First Lady Mary Naomi Brooks opened the house in January of 1905, beginning a long tradition of entertaining and community service at the mansion by Wyoming’s first families.
Governor Stanley and First Lady Bobby Hathaway were instrumental in listing this historic home on the National Register of Historic Places in 1969. In July 1977, the Historic Governors’ Mansion opened to the public as a historic house museum. In 2004, an extensive restoration was done on the mansion and it now reflects the history of home through the various eras throughout.
Enjoy self-guided tours enhanced with cell phone audio tours and a mobile website, as well as videos providing information about Wyoming and its first Executive Residence. To schedule a group tour, or for more information, call307-777-7878 or visit www.artsparkshistory.com. There is no admission charge but donations are accepted. Winter hours: October 1-May 31, Wednesday-Saturday 9:00a.m. to 5:00p.m., Tuesday by pre-arranged appointment. Summer hours: June 1-September 30, Monday-Saturday 9:00a.m. to 5:00p.m., Sundays 1:00p.m. to 5:00p.m.