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Executive Mansion to open doors to public, offer children's garden tours

The Executive Mansion will open its doors to the public starting this week and will begin offering children's garden tours at the end of the month.

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Sarah Lindenfeld Hall
North Carolina's Executive Mansion will open its doors to the public for an extended period starting this week. Among the special tours planned is a children's garden tour.

The 120-year-old mansion in downtown Raleigh has been home to 28 governors, including current Gov Beverly Perdue. It's open from time to time throughout the year so we all can get a closer look at the beautiful interior and extensive flower and vegetable gardens. I have toured the mansion a couple of times during the holidays and it really is gorgeous.

House tours are scheduled on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 2 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 3 pm. starting this Wednesday through Oct. 27. The home will be open again in the spring on Wednesdays and Thursdays from March 7 to June 28.

Trained volunteers will lead small groups through the four acres of flower and vegetable gardens. These tours include a children's garden tour from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays from Sept. 28 to Oct. 26 and, again, from March 7 to June 6.

These tours are geared for elementary school age children in school; homeschool; social clubs, such as scouts; or just a group of moms, who want to bring their kids. Many kids will be in school during this time, but it could be a great trip, especially if you're tracked out during this period or you homeschool.

Adult garden tours will be offered at 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Thursdays from Sept. 29 to Oct. 27 and, again, from March 8 to June 7.

Individuals and groups can contact Capital Area Visitor Services at 919-807-7950 or 866-724-8687 to schedule a tour. It's best to call at least two weeks in advance. The mansion is at 201 N. Blount St., just a couple of blocks from the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences and N.C. Museum of History.

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