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Holiday Visitors Welcome To Tour N.C. Governor's Mansion

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RALEIGH — Despite security concerns that have closed some government buildings to the public this holiday season, the N.C. Governor's mansion is decorated for the holidays, and its doors are open to visitors.

Gov. Mike Easley and First Lady Mary Easley led WRAL's David Crabtree on a private tour of the mansion.

Inside, there are five full-size trees.Each region of the state is represented keeping with the Easley's theme of "One North Carolina."

Everything from cotton to peanuts to sand dollars can be found on the trees.

A native American tabletop tree is decorated with ornaments handmade by North Carolina Cherokee Indians.

Mrs. Easley said that it took three days to move all of the furniture in the mansion to make room for and to decorate all of the trees.

There are even edible ornaments that the governor said he has been tempted to try.

The entire downstairs of the mansion is decorated for the holidays and music fills the ballroom daily.

The mansion is open for tours from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Sunday. There is no admission charge.

On Thursday, Gov. and Mrs. Easley will light the official North Carolina Christmas Tree at 6 p.m. on the west side of the Capitol grounds facing Hillsborough Street.

On that night, the mansion will be open until 9 p.m.