On the National Register of Historic Places, the Executive Mansion was completed in 1891 and has since been the home of North Carolina governors while welcoming thousands of visitors for tours. Designed by prominent architect Samuel Sloan, the mansion is a striking example of the Queen Anne style of Victorian architecture and features a many 18th- and 19th-century North Carolina furnishings and paintings.
Highlights and Tips:
- Note the bricks in the sidewalks surrounding the mansion, made from Wake County clay and molded by prison labor. Many still bear the inscribed names of the men who made them.
- Look for hallmarks of the Queen Anne style of Victorian architecture, such as the steeply pitched gable and elaborate turned woodwork.
- Reservations for groups must be made two weeks in advance. Take advantage of the holiday open house, typically held during the second week of December, if you are in town at that time.