Take a tour of South Dakota’s Governor’s Mansion

The Governor's Mansion in Pierre, S.D. (Photo by South Dakota Department of Tourism)

PIERRE — First Lady Linda Daugaard and Gov. Dennis Daugaard are opening the Governor’s Mansion to the public for tours this summer.

“The Governor’s Mansion belongs to the people of South Dakota,” Mrs. Daugaard said in a news release. “Dennis and I are honored to stay in such a beautiful home, and we want every South Dakotan to enjoy it.”

Completed in the summer of 2005, the South Dakota Governor’s Mansion was constructed by relying entirely on private donations. The 14,000-square-foot home, situated on the east shore of Capitol Lake, includes living quarters for the governor’s family and additional space for hosting official functions. It replaced the previous governor’s residence, which was built in 1937 and was moved to clear space for the new home.

Weekly public tours of the Governor’s Mansion will be conducted each Wednesday in June, July and August. The 30-minute tours, for groups up to 30 people, will begin at 10 a.m. Central time, 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m., and will be conducted by volunteers, including the First Lady.

Anyone interested in arranging a tour should contact the Pierre Chamber of Commerce at (605) 224-7361.

— From a Governor’s Office news release

Categories: Central SD

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Seth Tupper

Seth Tupper was born and raised in South Dakota and earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from South Dakota State University in 2001. After college, he worked at a newspaper in Minnesota and then returned to South Dakota in 2003 to join the staff of The Daily Republic in Mitchell, where he is currently the publisher. Seth has won numerous awards for his writing, including the 2007 Outstanding Young Journalist award in the daily newspapers category of the South Dakota Newspaper Association's Better Newspapers Contest. Seth's day-job and freelance work have granted him opportunities to meet hundreds of South Dakotans and travel across much of the state. He also spends a lot of his free time exploring South Dakota's state and national parks, hiking trails and kayak-friendly rivers.


  1. Brett
    Brett 21 June, 2011, 18:34

    I actually got an opportunity to tour through this mansion right after it was built. Pretty sweet place. Was a much needed upgrade from the old place. Think it’s great they are offering tours again for those who didn’t get to see it when it first opened.

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