First Lady Dianne Bentley considers it a privilege to live in the people's house, the Alabama Governor's Mansion, while her husband serves out his term as Governor. This historical home was built in 1907 by General Robert Ligon and was not used as a Governor's Mansion until the 1950s. It currently has 27 rooms and is approximately 8700 square feet.
Since it is the people's house, Mrs. Bentley has chosen to continue with tours. Tours are offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays by appointment. There are also special candlelight tours at Christmas that are open to the pubic. The dates and times for the holiday tours will be announced throughout the state later in the fall.
The most common group to see come through are fourth graders. In this grade, students are studying Alabama history. Schools that are within driving distance consider tours of the Capitol and Mansion a great way to encourage continued learning about government and politics. Although students are the most common visitors, the Mansion has hosted guests of all ages and interests. Over the next years, First Lady Dianne Bentley and Governor Robert Bentley, look forward to sharing their home with people throughout the state.