On this site lived three Presidents of the United States, Monroe and Tyler as Governors and William Henry Harrison while his father, Benjamin Harrison, signer of the Declaration of Independence, was Governor. The first house on this site was also home to Governors Patrick Henry and Henry Lee, father of Robert E. Lee.
The present house, first occupied by Governor James Barbour in 1813, was designed by Alexander Parris and built by Christopher Tomkins. As the home of Virginia's Chief Executives since that date, it is the oldest continuously occupied official Governor's residence in the Nation.
In 1989, the exterior of the mansion was restored to its circa 1830 appearance under the direction of the Citizens' Advisory Council for Interpreting and Furnishing the Executive Mansion.
[1999 Restoration Marker]:
The Executive Mansion of Virginia
Constructed 1813, Restored 1999
James S. Gilmore, III, Governor
This plaque is to commemorate the 1999 restoration and renovation of the Executive Mansion of Virginia. The Executive Mansion Project was managed by an Executive Committee composed of representatives from the Executive and Legislative Branches and was chaired by First Lady Roxane G. Gilmore.
Executive Committee Membership
Roxane G. Gilmore, Chairperson
Senate of Virginia:The Honorable Benjamin J. Lambert, III
House of Delegates: The Honorable Vincent F. Callahan, Jr.
Secretariat of Administration: The Honorable G. Bryan Slater, Secretary · Donald. L. Moseley, Deputy Secretary · J. William Reid, Jr.
Department of General Serivces:Donald C. Williams, Director · Demerst B. Smit, Deputy Director · William G. Poston, Deputy Director
Department of Historic Resources:H. Alexander Wise, Jr., Director · William M. Crosby
Division of Engineering & Buildings: Nathan I. Broocke, Director · Bruce E. Brooks · Henry G. Shirley · John F. Mitchell · Henry T. Crider, Jr. · Anthony C. Griffin
Executive Mansion:Donna P. Case, Director · Mark W. Herndon · Martin "Tutti" Townes · F/Sgt. Ronald M. Watkins
Hanbury Evans Newill Vlattas: John Paul C. Hanbury
Daniel & Company, Inc.:Samuel W. Daniel