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Mississippi’s mansion of memories

Mississippi’s mansion of memories

Welcoming its first executive in 1842, the Mississippi Governor’s Mansion is the second-oldest continuously occupied governor’s residence in the United States. The Mansion is both a public building open for tours and the private residence of the governor and his family. In this unique book, readers are invited to explore the entirety of the building, from the attic to the garage and everything in between. 

The Mississippi Governor’s Mansion: Memories of the People’s Home is the first book of its kind dedicated to images and stories about the Governor’s Mansion.

The volume reveals Governor Phil Bryant’s profound respect for the office he holds and his deep appreciation for the National Historic Landmark in which he resides. Through his personal, often touching, reflections, Governor Bryant pays tribute to former governors, their families and the many public servants who have dedicated their lives to taking care of this beautiful Greek Revival masterpiece. 

More than 60 elegant watercolor paintings by noted Mississippi artist Bill Wilson accompany the governor’s stories. Wilson captures the beauty and majesty of the home, its furnishings and the restored historic grounds. The volume also features a personal foreword by First Lady Deborah Bryant inviting readers into the home, an artist’s statement by Wilson and a brief historical essay written by Mansion curator Megan Bankston.

Published in November 2019 by University Press of Mississippi, the hardcover book retails for $35 and may be purchased at or by calling 1-800-737-7788.

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