The Historic Bowers Mansion is located within Bowers Mansion Regional Park. The Bowers Mansion was built in 1862 by Lemuel "Sandy" Bowers and his wife, Eilley, and is the finest example of the homes built in Nevada by the new millionaires of the Comstock mining boom. The mansion was the fulfillment of Eilley's dreams of prestige and respectability. The mansion, designed by J. Neeley Johnson, a builder and ex-governor of California, combined Georgian and Italianate architectural styles. It was modeled after a design conceived by Eilley based on her recollection of elegant buildings in her native Scotland. The Bowers employed Scottish stonecutters for the construction of their new home, which eventually cost more than a quarter million dollars to build. Eilley and Sandy toured Europe in 1862, purchasing furniture, statuary, painting and other adornments for their home.
Tour back in time to Nevada’s Heyday and see how Comstock millionaires Eilley and Sandy Bowers lived the posh life in Washoe Valley. Find out how they found and lost their fortune as hard rock miners in the hills near Virginia City. Discover how the estate was transformed into a recreation destination from the days of train travelers and Victorian picnics, through the Roaring 20s and the Depression. Learn about the twelve women who saved the Mansion and created a county park. See hundreds of Victorian items donated by Nevada locals wishing to return Bowers Mansion to its glory days when the Bowers hosted lavish parties for Nevada pioneers. For a more in-depth rundown of the fascinating history of the grounds, click here.
Bowers Mansion is open for the 2016 season! The Mansion is open weekends from May 21st to October 30th. Tours are 30 minutes; beginning at the top of the hour, every hour, from 11:00am thru 4:00pm. 30 minute tours offered on the hour.
Adults (ages 18-61) - $8
Seniors (ages 62+) - $5
Children (ages 6-17) - $5
Children ages 5 and under are free.
Group tours are also available by appointment. Please call Tammy at (775) 849-0201 or firstname.lastname@example.org to make arrangements.
- Bowers Mansion Pool
- Individual picnic sites and reservable group picnic areas (call 775-823-6501 to reserve)
- Children's playgrounds
- Hiking trail to the Bowers family grave site
Please note that dogs are not allowed at Bowers Mansion Regional Park, with the exception of service dogs.
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- Take Old US 395 Exit 50
- Turn right (south) onto Old US Highway 395 for 1.4 miles
From Carson City
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