I took a field trip yesterday to our Governor’s Mansion to see it all decked out for Christmas. And of course, I need to share! I only had my cell phone so please excuse the poor quality of some of the pictures.
The Mississippi Governor’s Mansion is the second oldest continuously occupied governor’s residence in the United States with Virginia being the first. The Mansion was built in 1841 for about $50,000. The tour takes place in the original historic part of the Mansion which was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1975.
The Gold Parlor
State Dining Room mantel: I wish I had a picture of the table. The center was decorated with boats similar to the one on the mantel.
Front Rose Parlor: This room was decorated to reflect our Gulf Coast.
The Back Rose Parlor: This room was decorated to reflect the Delta. Our state flower is the magnolia and you’ll see it sprinkled around the tree. You’ll also see cotton bolls since cotton is grown in the Delta.
The Pumpkin Bedroom is on the second floor and was decorated for children.
The Gold Bedroom on the second floor was decorated with a woodland animal motif.
The Green Bedroom on the second floor had a music theme.
The Cream Bedroom on the second floor was decorated with a book theme. President John F. Kennedy once slept in this room as did the novelist William Styron.
The Second Floor Sitting Hall was decorated with trees and a Santa holding a teddy bear which is a nod to the origins of the teddy bear. When President Teddy Roosevelt visited Mississippi to bear hunt in 1902, he refused to shoot an old bear and the story was depicted in a political cartoon. A New York shop owner placed a couple of stuffed bears in his window and called them “Teddy’s bears”. The name eventually stuck for the stuffed animals and forever connected teddy bears and President Teddy Roosevelt with Mississippi.
I really enjoyed the tour. I hope you did too vicariously. Did you catch some of the clever and easy ideas to copy like I did? I’m hoping to share some of my decorations next week.
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How’s your decorating going at your house?
“The days are coming declares the LORD, when I will raise up to David a righteous Branch, a King who will reign wisely and do what is just and right in the land.” Jeremiah 23:5 NIV Bible