What To See & Do

Governor's Mansion

Historic Site in Montgomery

This stately 1907 mansion is set amidst beautifully landscaped grounds. Since 1951, Alabama governors and families have lived in 17-room house.

Troy, Ala., native Jim Smith is the executive chef at the Alabama governor’s mansion. A graduate of Johnson and Wales University in Charlotte, N.C., and former protégé of Birmingham chefs Frank Stitt and Chris Hastings, Smith is tasked with serving daily lunch and dinner to Alabama’s first family. In 2011, Smith was crowned the winner of the Great American Seafood Cook-off in New Orleans, where he competed against chefs from 13 other states. His winning dish — dubbed Late Summer Alabama Bounty — was a combination of sous vide shrimp and marinated crab with garam masala, scented yellow squash purée, lady peas, bacon-peach relish and Spanish basil oil. Previous winners of the title include renowned New Orleans chefs John Besh and Tory McPhail, along with James Beard nominee and fellow Alabama chef Wesley True.

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Governor's Mansion
1142 S. Perry St.
Montgomery, AL 36104
Hours of Operation
  • Tours of 1st floor and grounds by appt. on Tu & Th only
  • Not provided
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