Finance and Administration Cabinet
Old Governor’s Mansion open for Christmas tours
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Nov. 23, 2009) – The historic Old Governor’s Mansion on High Street in downtown Frankfort will be open for public tours Dec. 10-12 to celebrate “Christmas at the Old Governor’s Mansion.” In addition to the impressive interior design that showcases the donated furnishings and accessories from talented decorators across the state, the Old Mansion will also be decked out for the Christmas season.
“Christmas at the Old Governor’s Mansion” will be the public’s last opportunity to tour the Old Mansion until the conclusion of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in October 2010. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased at the door. All proceeds will go to the Kentucky Executive Mansions Foundation, Inc. (KEMFI). The renovations were solely funded by private and in-kind donations.
The tours will run from 5:00p.m. to 8:00p.m. on Thursday and Friday and from 10:00a.m. to 4:00p.m. on Saturday.
The Kentucky Executive Mansion Foundation Inc. (KEMFI) was organized to undertake, support, promote, foster and assist, financially and otherwise, the modification to increase environmental efficiency and sustainability, the restoration, the maintenance, and the preservation of Kentucky’s Executive Mansion, Kentucky’s Old Governor’s Mansion and other public buildings, sites, structures, places and objects of historic significance owned by the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
The Old Governor’s Mansion has served many functions over the years since its completion in 1798. The house first served as the Executive residence of the Governor until a new Executive Mansion was completed in 1914. In the 1950s, a renovation allowed the stately mansion to become the official residence of the Commonwealth’s Lieutenant Governor until 2002, when it underwent a major structural restoration.
Following the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, the Old Governor’s Mansion will serve as a meeting location and guest house for Economic Development guests.