Founded in 2006, The Friends of the Ohio Governor's Residence and Heritage Garden is a non-partisan, privately-funded non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of this significant Ohio landmark and its gardens.

Sometimes referred to as "The People's House" the Ohio Governor’s Residence and Heritage Garden is a unique and historic home that represents Ohio to a diverse range of visitors. It stands as a symbol of Ohio’s historic significance in our nation’s narrative, as well as a living showcase of our state’s artistry, culture, industry and landscape.  It also serves as a hub for official state business and ceremonial events.

We hope that you will join us in preserving the legacy of the Ohio Governor’s Residence and Heritage Garden and
​celebrating our state’s indelible history and unique landscape.

Please support The Friends and donate today. Thank you.​​

Why Do We Need Your Help?
The Governor’s Residence is a state owned and operated facility,
however state tax dollars cover only basic maintenance and
building repairs.

What Do Contributions Fund?
All donations are tax deductible and used in a myriad of ways to
accomplish the mission of The Friends, including training and
coordination of volunteer docents and gardeners, repair and
restoration of valuable antiques, purchases of period furniture, and operational costs.

The Friends’ Accomplishments Include:
• Commission of a Jacobean-inspired and hand forged
Ohio artisan chandelier
• Installation of a museum-quality art hanging system
throughout the first floor to preserve the original
wood paneling and stonework
• Acquisition of living and dining room furnishings
as well as Ohio glass and pottery
• Secured donation of state china and permanent loan of
Heisey Glass
• Major restoration of Alfred Tibor bronze sculpture
• Installation of brick paver driveway
• An in-ground cistern system to collect and store rainwater
• Ongoing maintenance and enhancement of native gardens
that represent the five distinct geographic regions of Ohio.​​
Mission Statement
The Friends of the Ohio Governor’s Residence and Heritage Garden is a non-partisan  non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to promoting Ohio’s history and future through education, preservation ​and conservation.
Copyright 2015. Friends of the Ohio Governor's Residence and Heritage Garden. All rights reserved.
Our Board
The Friends’ Board is comprised of non-partisan business and community leaders from around the state of Ohio.

​First Lady Frances DeWine 

Chair & Residence Committee Chair

​Barbara B. Lach


Charles Foster

Lee Ann Parsons
Recording Secretary

Hope Taft
Garden Committee Chair

William P. Blair, III
Mary Jane Carpenter​
Julie Coughlin
Guy Denny
Norman Dewire
Gilbert Gradisar​
Kathy Holcombe​

Dewey Hollister
Debra Knapke​
Burt Logan
Gary Meisner
Barbara Mills
Cynthia S. Mucher​​

Jane Rogers
Jill Rudler
Amy Skidmore
Valette Sopp
Sara Walsh
Ginger Warner
David Weaver

Mary Lewis
Heritage Garden Assistant




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