Mississippi Governor’s Mansion
The Governor’s Mansion has been the residence of Mississippi governors and their families since 1842. In 1975, it was designated a National Historic Landmark. At that time, it was one of only two state gubernatorial residences to receive this honor.
- Discover treasures from our state’s collection as you tour the historic section of the mansion.
- Explore stories from governors past and learn about the current governor.
Groups are welcome.
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.
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.
Tours of the Governor’s Mansion are conducted by trained volunteer docents who interpret the Mansion to visitors. Docents are required to complete a comprehensive training program through the Mississippi Department of Archives and History and be willing to give tours two mornings a month. Individuals interested in becoming docents may contact the Mansion curator for more information.