Bowers Mansion

The Historic Bowers Mansion is located within Bowers Mansion Regional Park.

Bowers Mansion Office: (775) 849-0201
Park Ranger Office: (775) 849-1825

Bowers Mansion

Attention Park Visitors: The County Commissioners recently approved and awarded a $511,000 contract to Reno-based Sullivan Structures, LLC for some restoration work to be done on the historic mansion. Work is set to begin March 9th, 2020 and last about 120 days. Please 'pardon our dust' during this restoration project and know that opening day for mansion tours may be delayed depending on restoration progress. The May 9th Civil War event will happen as planned.

Tour back in time to Nevada's heyday and see how Comstock millionaires Eilley and Sandy Bowers lived the posh life in Washoe Valley. Picnic, swim and play on the grounds as every generation of visitors has done since the Victorian era.

Tours

Bowers Mansion is open seasonally (weekends and holidays), usually from Memorial Day through Nevada Day weekend. Tours are every hour, on the hour, from 11:00am-4:00pm. Summer group tours are also available by appointment. Call the mansion for details at (775) 849-0201. 

For a virtual mansion tour of your own, click here.

ADMISSION FEES
Adults (ages 18-61) - $9
Seniors (ages 62+) - $6
Children (ages 6-17) - $6
Children ages 5 and under are free.

Media

The mansion and its history has been featured in various videos & articles. Click the links below to view them:

Bowers Mansion Regional Park was awarded the 2019 Silver State Legacy Park Award, which is the highest accolade the Nevada Recreation and Park Society can bestow upon a park.

'Washoe Way Back' video

'Knowing Nevada' video (News 4)

Legendary Nevadans: Eilley LegendBowers of Washoe Valley (Travel Nevada)

Biography of Alison (Eilley) Oram Bowers (Nevada Women's History Project)

'Mysteries at the Castle' (Season 3, Episode 3) This episode aired on January 22, 2016. (skip to 29:19 in the video)

Bonanza (Season 1, Episode 7) - Aired on October 24, 1959, the mansion is shown at the end of the show (48:30 in the video) as the home constructed by Annie O’Toole after striking it rich.

1955 Episode of 'Death Valley Days' about Eilley Bowers

Programs

Spring Civil War Event

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Bowers Mansion will be hosting the next Civil War event on Saturday, May 9th! Mark your calendars and plan to be here for FREE ongoing exhibits from 10am to 3pm. IF mansion restoration work is complete, we will be offering self-guided Mansion Tours as well for $7/Adults and $5/Children & Seniors. For future event dates, keep an eye on our calendar of events page.

Programs on the Porch

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Bring a blanket or chair and enjoy a Friday evening of live music and other performances from 7pm-8pm from the historic Bowers Mansion porch! This series is free, however donations are happily accepted for the performers. Keep an eye on our calendar of events page for next years schedule.

The Grounds

Cemetery

* Bowers Mansion Pool     * Individual picnic sites (1st Come, 1st Serve)     * Group picnic areas (call 775-823-6501 to reserve)     * Children's playgrounds     * Hiking trail to the Bowers family grave site

Pet Policy

Please note that due to the historical significance, pets are not allowed at Bowers Mansion Regional Park with the exception of service animals.

Contact Us

Bowers Mansion Curator, Tammy Buzick, at (775) 849-0201
Bowers Mansion Regional Park - Park Ranger Office at (775) 849-1825

Directions

map with directionsFrom Reno:
- Take I-580 south towards Carson City and take Exit 50
- Turn right (south) onto Old US Highway 395 for 1.4 miles

From Carson City:
- Take I-580 north towards Reno and take Exit 44 (Eastlake Blvd.)
- Turn left onto Eastlake Blvd. and go under freeway. Then, turn right (north) onto Old US Highway 395 for 5.6 miles