About the Mansion

Located at 800 N Street in Sacramento, California, the Victorian-era Leland Stanford Mansion opens to the public on September 9, 10 and 11 with free tours and a festival. It serves as the State’s official address for diplomatic and business receptions as well as offering public tours as a California State Historic Park. Built between 1856 and 1858, the four story, 19,000 square foot Mansion has special historical and architectural significance. It served as the office of three governors during California’s early years: Leland Stanford, Fredrick Low and Henry Haight. It was also the site of California’s first presidential visit by Rutherford B. Hayes and General Sherman in the late 1800s. The mansion was acquired by California State Parks in 1978.

California now represents the fifth largest economy in the world, and the State’s Executive branch is regularly engaged in exchanges with national and international leaders. Though the Governor has an office in the State Capitol, there is no place specifically designated for meetings with visiting dignitaries, high-ranking officials or business leaders. The Leland Stanford Mansion provides an official, elegant address for the Governor and Legislative leaders to receive California’s most important guests.

The general public will also benefit from the Leland Stanford Mansion’s renewed presence. Visitors will have an opportunity to get an insider’s view of an important place in California’s history—a place where history will soon, once again, be made. California State Parks staff members will guide visitors through the Mansion’s many Victorian rooms, which have been refurbished to appear as they did while the Stanford family lived in the home. Occasional tour groups may even be lucky enough to catch the Governor and his staff in action!