- Initially, governors of North Carolina resided in the coastal area, but political and military officials feared the Governor's coastal quarters made him too vulnerable to attacks by the British. Now located in Raleigh, the current Executive Mansion is the third and certainly the most ornate of all the governor's homes. Built in Queen Anne style, this Victorian creation boasts elaborate woodwork. Tours are offered of the parlors, ballroom and dining room. Spend time wandering through the beautiful gardens surrounding the mansion. Free admission. Guided tours by appointment.
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