Built by Abner Cook in 1856, this Greek Revival–style manor boasted a sunny veranda, floor-to-ceiling windows, and broad hallways—but no indoor toilets (there are now seven). It is said to be the oldest continuously inhabited house in Texas. Sam Houston lived here with his large family; the nation’s second female governor, Miriam “Ma” Ferguson, hosted Will Rogers here; and Governor John Connally recuperated here after being shot in Dallas when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. Arsonists set fire to the mansion in 2008, causing severe damage; restoration was completed in 2013 and the house reopened for tours. Among the many historical artifacts are a desk belonging to Stephen F. Austin and portraits of Davy Crockett and Sam Houston.
Texas Governor’s Mansion
1010 Colorado St., Austin, TX
Our Rating Hours 30-min. tours Wed–Fri 2–4pm by appointment only (email Mansion.Tours@tspb.texas.gov) Phone 512/305-8524 Prices Free admission Parking Parking in Capitol Visitors Parking Garage, 1201 San Jacinto St., btw. Trinity and San Jacinto sts. Security All visitors must pass background security screening and provide name, date of birth, and government ID info at least 1 week prior to tour. Closed some holidays and at governor’s discretion. Web site Texas Governor's Mansion
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