GOVERNOR’S MANSION TOUR TIMES EXPANDED FOR OCTOBER 

GOVERNOR’S MANSION TOUR TIMES EXPANDED FOR OCTOBER 

In an effort to accommodate more visitors to the Washington State Governor’s Mansion and to showcase new interior and exterior improvements, the Governor’s Mansion Foundation (GMF) has expanded the afternoon tours on Wednesday, October 10 and Wednesday, October 17, 2018.

The tour times are 1, 1:30 and 2 p.m. Each tour is 60 minutes in length and will accommodate 25 guests.

GMF Interior Design Committee Chair Patsy Ellis will offer insights about the approach to recent interior design initiatives and Department of Enterprise Services Cultural Resources Manager Marygrace Goddu will talk about just-completed restoration work on the Mansion’s exterior.

“These October tours are a nice addition to our fall season at the Mansion,” said Dawna Donohue, GMF’s chair of tours and vice president.

The regularly scheduled tours in October are still set for the Wednesdays October 3 and 24th. However, no tours are scheduled on the 31st which is Halloween.  The regular tours run every 20 minutes and last 40 minutes. They begin at 1, 1:20, 1:40 and 2 p.m.

For reservations for all tours:

Adult tour guests must present photo identification and all visitors under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. No cameras, umbrellas, strollers, or food/drink will be allowed inside the Mansion on the tour. There is a place outside the Mansion for secure storage for these items. The Mansion is accessible to wheelchairs and walkers. However, visitors must walk a 200-yard incline to the entrance and also be able to stand for the duration of the tour.

FIRST LADY LIZZIE HAY PAINTED PLATE ON DISPLAY AT GOVERNOR’S  MANSION 

Photo courtesy of the Yakima Valley Museum 

 

The Governor’s Mansion Foundation (GMF) is now featuring a historical plate with a painting by former First Lady Lizzie Muir Hay (First Lady 1909-1913).  The plate, which is in a protected case in the Hay Guest Bedroom in the Mansion, is on loan from the Yakima Valley Museum and can be viewed during public tours in the Mansion on most Wednesdays from October 2018 to February/March 2019.  The plate, which has an image of Chief Moses, was painted by Mrs. Hay in 1899, according to Yakima Valley Museum records.

Chief Moses (1829-1899) was a leader of the Moses-Columbia Band in Central Washington which later joined with other bands to form the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation.  He is the namesake of Moses Lake and Moses Coulee.

Mrs. Hay with her husband Governor Marion Hay and their children were the first governor and family to live in the Mansion beginning in 1909 and selected the original furnishings, some of which are still in the Mansion.   Marion and Lizzie Hay operated the M. E. and E. T. Hay Department Store in Wilbur, Washington for several years where Chief Moses visited, according to his biographers.

Guided tours of the Mansion are arranged through State Capitol Tour Services at 360-902-8880 or tours@des.wa.gov.