Christmas By Candlelight Tour of the MS Governor's Mansion

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Downtown Jackson is rich with architecture from the MS State Capitol to the Governor's Mansion, and the most delightful time to tour Historic Downtown is at Christmastime. Guided tours are available at the MS Governor's Mansion throughout the year, but I had the opportunity to visit the Governor's Mansion this weekend during the 23rd Annual Christmas by Candlelight Tour.

MS Governor Mansion at Christmastime

Governor Phil Bryant and First Lady Deborah Bryant were gracious to greet visitors and pose for photos in front of the 12 foot Leyland Cypress Christmas tree while piano music wafted through the halls. Miss Mississippi as well as Miss Teen Mississippi were also on hand for photos. Jolly Old Saint Nick was there, too.MS Governor Phil Bryant

From left: First Lady Deborah Bryant, Marti Richardson, Pat Starnes, and Governor Phil Bryant


Several historic sites were on tour, including the home of Eudora Welty, one of MS beloved authors, the State Capitol, and the Old Capitol Museum. The newly constructed Civil Rights Museum and MS History Museum were featured this year, also.

grand hall at the Governors Mansion


Employees and volunteers were on hand to offer guidance throughout the evening, and buses transported visitors to all the sites on the tour.


Candlelight Tour Ticket


If you are in town, be sure to add the Christmas by Candlelight Tour to your holiday schedule next year. Word of advice: Go early so you can see all the stops during the allotted time.  


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George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
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Pat that sounds like a great tour for local residents to go on.

Dec 12, 2018 07:47 AM #1
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
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Good morning Pat - really is a beautiful home and decorated for Christmas.

Dec 12, 2018 07:55 AM #2
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Wow you are lucky to enjoy this and make it a special event to reember for years to come.


Dec 12, 2018 08:01 AM #3
Joyce Marsh
Regal | Christie's International Real Estate - Orlando, FL
Regional Manager Regal Christie's Int'l Realty

Now that would’ve been an event that I would have thoroughly enjoyed. Beautiful Christmas decorations and a tour of a gorgeous home. 

Dec 12, 2018 08:03 AM #4
Hannah Williams
Re/Max Eastern inc. - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818

Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty  This was an evening I am sure you will remember You made some wonderful connections and toured some beautiful Historic Homes this Holiday Season

Dec 12, 2018 08:38 AM #5
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

It was a fabulous evening George Souto. Friends had invited me to visit their downtown apartment then go to the Governor's Mansion. My friend and I also went to Eudora Welty's home, but we ran out of time to visit the other museums. I'll be sure to go next year!

Dec 12, 2018 09:22 AM #6
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

Grant Schneider - the Governor's Mansion was first occupied in 1842. Isn't that wild? The Christmas tree was harvested in Columbia, MS at a Christmas tree farm. The decorations were breathtaking.

Dec 12, 2018 09:25 AM #7
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

Will Hamm - this event will definitely be on next years calendar and I'll go earlier in the evening so I can see all the buildings on tour. The buses made it very convenient so we didn't have to drive. They ran every 10-15 minutes.

Dec 12, 2018 09:27 AM #8
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

I thoroughly enjoyed seeing the Christmas decorations in the historic museums and mansions. Period furnishings and architecture is a passion of mine Joyce Marsh, Daytona Beach Florida Real Estate.

Dec 12, 2018 09:29 AM #9
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

It was a wonderful evening Hannah Williams. The Antebellum homes (mansions) are fascinating to me, and Eudora Welty's home was modestly furnished with her original furnishings that were donated by her heirs. A visitor asked if they had been refinished; everything was in its original condition, just as she left it when she was living.

Dec 12, 2018 09:32 AM #10
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Pat,
That sounds like a tour I would have enjoyed. What a wonderful evening.  One of my favorite things about visiting the midwest was the grand architecture everywhere. 

Dec 12, 2018 10:24 AM #11
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Pat- if that doesn't get anyone into a festive mood, I'm not sure what would!!!  How beautiful and you have a picture to treasure. 

Dec 12, 2018 11:03 AM #12
Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ
Arizona's Top Banana!

Hi Pat - that sounds like fun!  I love holiday tours and it looks like this one was a real success.

Dec 12, 2018 12:22 PM #13
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Good morning Pat.  Looks like an incredibly interesting and beautiful home and tour.

Dec 13, 2018 04:13 AM #14
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

Touring downtown Jackson and seeing the Christmas lights was a lot of fun. Meeting the Governor in person was a highlight as well, although we know many of the same people, I'm not sure we had ever met. Thankfully the rain stopped long enough for us to stay dry as we visited each venue Kathy Streib Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886 Gabe Sanders 

Dec 14, 2018 11:29 AM #15
Bob Ratliff
Robert Ratliff Realty - San Antonio, TX
"Sold with Bob"

Oh wow Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty what beautiful memories and thanks for sharing some of your photos. Great way to start off your 2018 Christmas Holiday.

Dec 18, 2018 01:22 AM #16
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty - I am impressed! What a great photograph and memories too! It is wonderful that the Governor's House was opened up to the public. Going on tour must have been very, very special. I'm glad you did that!

Dec 18, 2018 11:46 AM #17
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Pat, what a beautiful photo, and that is a gorgeous building to take a tour of!   Bet it is even prettier by candlelight! 

Dec 19, 2018 06:53 AM #18
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

That would be an interesting tour, especially with the candlelight.  Merry Christmas!

Dec 21, 2018 11:11 PM #19
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Oh my goodness, I would have enjoyed the tours as well, Pat! How lovely that the Governor and First Lady were on-hand to meet and greet their visitors too. 

I also wanted to pop in and say HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you! I hope you have a wonderfully special day and all of your birthday wishes come true for you!

Dec 31, 2018 08:15 AM #20
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