One of the places that Maiden and Rick took us was the Wyoming Governor's Mansion and I absolutely loved it!
This beautiful and elegant house was home for the Governor's and their families that governed from 1904 to 1976; many dignitaries from around the country visited and were entertained here. The historical house has been open to the public for tours since 1977 and many of the furnishings dated back to the original 1904 style, although the kitchen, basement laundry and fall out shelter were done in 1950's style.
I could have spent All. Day. Long. Exploring this beautiful historic treasure, examining furnishings and wondering about who did what and sat where and thought about what in each room. But when you have five kiddos with you (four five years and under) and you're doing your best to keep them from touching things and running under the scarlet rope that cordons off some of the rooms (you can look, but can't go in), well, you just can't ponder things in a philosophical way. There was also an audio tour that you could do, but those really aren't possible if you also want to keep an eye and an ear on your small children.
Instead, it was a quick run through, sometimes literally, clicking pictures while holding hands and constantly reminding little ones not to touch and don't go in there! Even still, we were able to see every room and marvel at times gone by and the way people used to live in frontier Wyoming.
|The Governor's Mansion: built in Colonial Revival style, with Corinthian columns added later.|
|The foyer - stairs are to the immediate right, formal dining room straight ahead.|
|One of the bedrooms, done in early 1900's style|
|The maid's room (one of two), on the "third" floor (the house is technically 2 1/2 stories).|
|The kitchen, done in 1950's style, big enough to cook for large gatherings of dignitaries.|
|The laundry room in the basement - I may never look at laundry the same way again (this is only half of what it took to do laundry)|
|The Fallout Shelter, complete with bedding, food and games for the long winters below ground in case of nuclear fall out.|
|The office, done in Wyoming theme, complete with lots of bucking bronchos.|
|The Formal Dining Room|
|A last picture of four of the five happy tourists.|