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Overview of Rental Policy

Georgia's Old Governor’s Mansion is a National Historic Landmark House Museum and is accredited by the American Association of Museums. Constructed from 1835 to 1839, it served as the Executive Residence for eight Georgia governors. Since 1889, the Mansion has been in trust to the Board of Regents, and a part of what is now Georgia College & State University. Beginning in 2001, the Mansion underwent an extensive historic restoration, which returned the building to its c1851 appearance. 

To protect the building, its collection, and grounds, strict adherence to the rules, regulations, and policies concerning museum practices described herein must be followed at all times. Because of its historical significance and national landmark status, the Mansion’s primary purpose will be to serve as a historic house museum, and the building will be available for tours at scheduled times and upon special request.

Use of Georgia's Old Governor's Mansion itself will be reserved for presidential events and formal events approved by the President only. As a house museum, the Mansion is not equipped to accommodate seated lectures, conferences, symposia, meetings, or extensive use for dinners, luncheons, receptions, teas, fundraisers, or other similar activities. Public rentals, official university meetings, conferences, lectures, dinners, luncheons, and receptions or symposia will be restricted to the Education Building or lawn. 

Reservations for rentals must be made at least thirty (30) days in advance through the Mansion office at 478-445-4545.  

Weddings, Meetings, and Outdoor Lawn Event Rentals

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For all Georgia College and State University facilities reservations, please visit the Facilities Reservations main page here.

Reservations for the use of the Mansion’s lawn or Education Building must be made at least thirty (30) days in advance through the Mansion office at 478-445-4545.  Facilities will be made available according to the facility reservations guidelines found in the GCSU policy manual and must be reserved through the 25 Live reservation system. Please note that 25 Live requests only apply to the Education Building or lawn and requests for regular monthly meetings by non-college groups will not be granted during the academic year.  

No reservations, either by university or community groups, may be considered annual events. Every event must be reserved individually on a space-available basis.

Food service is available for either the lawn area or the Education Building and arrangements must be made through our exclusive caterer Sodexo Campus Services.

All payments will be finalized through Facility Reservations. Below are the fees for rental of the lawn and the Education Building by non-GCSU organizations or individuals:

Georgia's Old Governor’s Mansion Weddings and Receptions

Lawn Wedding and Reception (includes the use of the Museum’s Education Building): $1500.00
Lawn Wedding Ceremony without Reception (includes the use of the Museum’s Education Building): $875.00
Wedding Reception Only, without a Mansion Lawn Wedding Ceremony (Excludes use of the Mansion’s Education Building) $600.00

Georgia's Old Governor’s Mansion Rentals

Lawn - $600
Museum Education Building - $300

All fees are for a three-hour event. Advance payment of the full rental fee and a refundable security deposit will be required through Facilities Reservations to rent the Mansion lawn or Education Building. Cancelations will be refunded in full up to thirty days prior to the event. Events canceled within thirty days of the scheduled event will forfeit one third of the rental fee.

While GCSU events will not be charged for the use of the grounds or Education Building, they will be responsible for security staffing fees, outlined below, for events held after hours.

Security Staffing

Use of the Education Building or lawn after normal Mansion hours will require security staffing. 

Normal Mansion hours are Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, and Sundays from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. The additional security staffing fee is $15 per hour per staff person.

Fire Code

Smoking is not permitted anywhere inside the Mansion or on its grounds. Maximum fire code capacity for the Education Building is 80 people.

Fund Raising

Fund-raising events which do not benefit Georgia College are prohibited.

For more information, on our public rental program, please call 478-445-4545.