Farmington’s Warner Mansion gala celebrates 150 years

Farmington’s historic icon, the Governor Warner Mansion, celebrates its sesquicentennial – that’s 150 years – with a fundraising Gala on the mansion grounds Aug. 12 at 6 p.m.

Governor Warner Mansion

Proceeds will help restore the Victorian Italianate home built in 1867 by P. D. Warner, Governor Fred Warner’s father. Sitting on almost three acres along Grand River, the house is surrounded by gardens. Governor Warner served as the 26th Governor of Michigan from 1905 to 1911.

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The Mansion needs more than $200,000 in repairs and renovations, Director Kim Shay said.

“There are a number of icons that set Farmington apart from other communities and the Mansion is certainly one of them. It preserves the historic, architectural, and aesthetic character and heritage of our city,” added Shay. “The 150 Anniversary Gala is a great way to recognize such an important piece of our history.”

Festivities include a strolling dinner, live music by The Big Band Theory, as well as both a silent and live auction. Live auction items include trips to Ireland and Historic Williamsburg, PA; silent auction items range from a porch party at the Mansion to an all-access Farmington event pass. Tickets are limited, the deadline is August 4 – learn more at

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