Georgia Governor’s Mansion Reopens for Tours, Showcasing New Attractions
Georgia’s First Lady, Marty Kemp, has announced the reopening of the Governor’s Mansion for public tours after their suspension during the COVID-19 pandemic.
With the doors now open, visitors can expect a renewed experience, as FOX 5 News discovered.
Since the reopening, there has been a gradual return of visitors to the Governor’s Mansion, but Marty Kemp wants to ensure that all Georgians feel invited and welcome.
The mansion, situated on an impressive 18-acre property on West Paces Ferry Road, offers more than meets the eye.
One of the notable additions is the newly developed woodland area located in the back corner of the property.
Marty Kemp took FOX 5 News on a tour of this serene space, which features a paved trail winding through a native plant garden.
It’s a remarkable escape, considering its proximity to the bustling Buckhead area.
Marty Kemp emphasized the tranquility of the garden, mentioning that it serves as a peaceful retreat where visitors can connect with nature and find solace.
The garden is a recent replacement for an overgrown bamboo area that was previously off-limits to the public.
Marty Kemp has now opened up the entire Governor’s Mansion property, ensuring that visitors can explore and appreciate the efforts put into restoring former First Lady Elizabeth Carla Harris’ cherished rose garden.
With its refurbishment complete, the rose garden shines as a testament to its original beauty in 1983.
Adjacent to the mansion’s kitchen, visitors can also observe the presence of a chicken coop with lively birds and even a broken egg monument.
Marty Kemp aims to showcase Georgia-grown products throughout the property and educate visitors about the state’s leading industry.
Supporting local farmers is of utmost importance to her, as she emphasizes the significance of agriculture for food production and sustenance.
Prior to the pandemic, visitors were limited to the first floor of the Governor’s Mansion.
However, with the reopening, the opportunity to explore more areas of the mansion has expanded.
Marty Kemp proudly displayed a jar of honey, a cookbook, and Christmas ornaments, among other items, as part of the new attractions available for visitors to enjoy.
Marty Kemp hopes that these changes and additions will help visitors feel right at home in the “People’s House” and encourage them to learn more about the mansion’s history and book a tour.
To find out about tour hours and reserve a visit, interested individuals can visit the Governor’s Mansion’s official website.