On this past Sunday, hubby and myself decided it was far too nice to stay inside, but not wishing to go too far from home as well, we decided on a daycation close to home.... Sacramento. Though we have visited the historic district many times, and would again this very day as well, we came to the conclusion we wanted to see a couple of other historic landmarks in town. So directions and information in hand, we got on the road and headed south west of our town, first destination the Governor's Mansion.
No longer an active residence for the state of California's Governor, and has not been since Ronald Reagan was the state leader, this stately 1877 mansion (though it was not used for the Governor's home until 1903) sits on a busy street surrounded by a mix of modern day buildings and traffic, but step inside and take the tour and you can walk through the decades from the 1800's to the 1960's when a young Kennedy sat at the table in the breakfast room. Each room represents a different era that the house has seen pass. Every item is an artifact, as what was bought for the mansion had to stay. The tour guide who was a wealth of knowledge and stories, from the toe nails on a claw foot tub being painted red by a young daughter of a former Governor, to the same daughter dropping water balloons with extreme accuracy to the Governor that still ran his everyday doctors practice in his off hours from running the state. Every room, corner, every piece has a story. At only 5.00 to take the tour it is well worth it to see and walk through a piece of history.
The photos above and below is all that turned out, unfortunately with bad lighting( no flash allowed ), a cheap camera and being surrounded by people it was very hard to get decent photos. However I know on the website there are more photos.. click HERE... also for more info click HERE. Brief little tid bits that when you look at these and the photos via the link, the red toe nails on the claw-footed tub were painted by one of the Governor's daughter, Kathy Brown ( no relation to Current Gov. Jerry Brown) she was bored one day and decided that was a worthwhile way to kill time, she was also known for dropping water balloons off one of the high balconies and had really great aim! Also the mirrors you see in the bottom of fireplaces, those are for checking one's petticoats... ladies could check to make sure they were not showing.
|The carriage house, now a gift|
shop and where the tour begins.
|What the area of 16th and H streets looked|
like... vastly different then!
One photo did turn out nicely... thanks to a big
|Wish I had a radio such as this!|
|So refreshing on a hot day!|
|Dark wood paneling and vintage|
lighting set the mood.
|My yummy sandwich came wrapped up like a present!|
|A little Jazz to stroll by...|
|Lazy river rolling on by...|
The last stop for the day was another historic mansion in Sacramento, the Leland Stanford Mansion. Sitting on the corner of 8th and "N" in downtown Sacramento it is very much like the Governor's Mansion sitting among high rise buildings, and parking lots, with a busy street running past, what once sat in the country outside Old Town, that was not so old at the time, the lovely mansion gets passed by quite often in the rush to get somewhere else. Circa mid 1800's a prominent merchant Shelton C. Fogus built the home, it was much smaller at that point, and over the years it was added on to, passed through a few owners and expanded and eventually became the headquarters to three Governors in the late 1800's . During it's lifetime it was also a girls home run by nuns and was so until the 1980's! Today along with being open to the public it is still used for our Governor(s) to entertain in and receive special dignitaries, and on occasion sign important papers. You can read the history of the mansion HERE and learn how to visit HERE and see various photos HERE as taken by pros and visitors that have better camera's than myself *wink*
Like what happened with the Governor's Mansion, the lighting was dim, no flash allowed, and it was hard to get a decent photo while on the tour surrounded by others, but here are a few snap shots of this magnificent (inside and out.. you will just have to trust me) mansion.
|Ceiling medalions, though lovely to|
look at were there to catch soot from
what were once oil lamps.
|A gilded fireplace... no mirror in|
this one for checking those petticoats.
|A few artifacts.|
|It is all in the details, and in|
this mansion there are many!
|Hard to tell in this pic, but what|
appears to be birdseye maple is actually fake.
The sugar pine woodwork was painted to look like
deep dark mahogany and birdseye.. they did a fine job!
Even up close we could not tell!
|Paneled doors were everywhere.|
|The "Look how much money we had"|
|Small railroad details were everywhere.|
From this sconce to the feet of a table,
the history of the railroad playing a
part in the history of this house and a one
time occupant are evident.
|Where important papers are signed by the|
Governor.. even today.
|Spurs donated and once owned by|
|A fish bowl !|
|Mrs. Stanford's dresser still decorated with|