Former First Lady of Virginia, Roxane Gilmore
Roxane Gilmore was a very busy First Lady of Virginia. Not only did she hold the demanding role of First Lady, but she was an established college professor at Randolph-Macon as well. Not to mention, in addition to her busy schedule she had two teenage (at the time) boys and an energetic dog living under the same roof as her too.
Her busy schedule did not stop her. She oversaw the $7.5 million Executive Mansion renovation, which included endless hours of researching for the perfect furnishings and designs of its 1800 appearance. She continued her profession, worked to advance the Virginia Standards of Learning program, and teamed with the Virginia Tourism Corporation to promote Virginia’s history atop the Executive Mansion renovation.
Fun fact: Roxane Gilmore was the first governor’s wife to hold a day job.
Don’t forget to stop by the Valentine Richmond History Center to take a look at these wonderful portraits!