Saturday, April 23, 2016

LeLand Stanford Mansion in Sacramento

I was fortunate enough to make a trip to Leland Stanford Mansion twice this month. I never been to the state historic park before. I actually never heard about it until my first trip there, which was organized by my volunteer outing. I believe there was at least 15 of us at the volunteer tour. When I went on the tour with my friend, the group was only 4 people total. What I found most surprising about the tours are that they are free of charge. I just find that incredible.

I was so surprised that we were able to walk to the Stanford Mansion from the California Museum. It was less than a 10 minute walk! I was surprised that I didn't notice the mansion before. I probably drove past it a dozen times and didn't really think of it as a place to tour. Also, the mansion isn't anything very extravagant, so it didn't strike me. I also never heard about it from any friends.

When we arrived at LeLand Stanford Mansion we were shown some videos to understand some context and history of the mansion and the Stanford family. Afterwards, we headed inside the mansion and saw the ball room first. I couldn't take any photos inside, but I'd definitely say the tour was worth a visit. Afterall, I did go to the tour twice. We didn't get to see every room in the building, but I'm glad that we got to see the majority of the rooms. I been to Hearst Castle before, so Stanford Mansion reminded me of it in a more modest form. I love seeing the interior of old buildings and priceless or very old items. I love that every room in the mansion told a story.

Visiting the Stanford Mansion made me feel quite intrigued. I grabbed one of the brochures in the visitors office of sightseeing places in Sacramento. If I missed out on Stanford Mansion all these years I might be missing out on more hidden gems around the area. Now, I'm quite excited to visit Stanford University even more. I'm also anxious to go back to Hearst Castle.