Entrance Hall

As visitors enter the mansion, they often comment upon the historic character of the surroundings. James Cogar, the mansion's first curator, was a leading American decorative arts expert who furnished the entire interior with as many authentic, early Colonial, 18th-century antiques as possible. He wanted to create a formal, elegant design for each room. In a letter dated June 18, 1956, Cogar stated: "My overall plan for the Governor's Mansion would be to have it a dignified interior, painted in a harmonious color scheme, furnished in good taste with pieces of character, and although an official residence, give to it the feeling that it is a gracious home of quiet beauty that would please but not overpower those that were entertained there."