Furnishings include two Empire sofas made of light mahogany and carved with scrolls and acanthus leaves. The spread-eagle console tables with mirrors were formerly used in the old Executive Mansion on Capitol Street.
One of Long's favorite pieces is the solid silver punch bowl that sits in the center of the reception area on a round rosewood table.
The punch bowl, handmade in the Orient in the late 19th century, was a gift to the state from the grandchildren of Gov. William MacCorkle, who served from 1893-97.
Furnishings in the mansion are chosen by the Mansion Preservation Foundation, and each piece has some significance, whether it's a gift or relates to the state's history, said Tina Amburgery, an information specialist with the Office of First Lady Joanne Jaeger Tomblin.
The Drawing Room features an antique carved mahogany clock that was made more than 275 years ago for The Hague in Amsterdam, Holland, by Jan Henkels.
"The clock tells the month, the day, the year, the phases of the moon, how many days are in each phase and also plays seven different tunes. The little guys on top? When it hits the hour, the little guys' hands move," Long said.
"This is another of my favorite pieces. I always say if they want to get rid of it, I have a pickup truck, and I'll be more than happy to take it off their hands."
The fireplace mantel is like the one found in the President's Cottage at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs. "The Guitarist," an oil painting by Virginia B. Evans, hangs above the mantel.
The library has three more paintings that depict scenes in West Virginia. The only wood-burning fireplace in the mansion is in the library and is paneled in butternut from Randolph County.
The bookcase contains books about West Virginia or written by West Virginia authors.
"It's just so cozy here," Long said. "I'd love to get my hands on these books and just sit and read them."
The bookcase also has hand-painted, lidded porcelain urns that are robin's egg blue with gold trim. The state seal is etched into the carpet complete with the state bird - the cardinal - and is emblazoned with the state motto, "Montani Semper Liberi."
The ballroom now is filled with furniture.
"Back in the 1930s, it was used as a ballroom, and gatherings were hosted here," Long said.
Crystal chandeliers that came from the Scott Brothers Drug Store hang from the ceiling. The store was located on Capitol Street in downtown Charleston from 1914 until its closing in 1957. The fixtures hung above the popular soda fountain.
The sunroom is roped off, but a peak inside reveals a painting of a rhododendron - the state flower - and a sofa from The Greenbrier.
Two dining rooms round out the first floor.
The Tomblins have private living quarters on the second and third floors.
As she makes her way upstairs, Long talks about many of the first ladies whose portraits are hung on the second-floor walls.
"This is Mrs. Laurane Tanner Bullock Boreman to the front, who was our first first lady of West Virginia," Long said. "This lady here - she married into the Hatfield clan. South Carolina was her name. They called her 'Carrie.'"
"This lady here is Mrs. Patterson. She got her pilot's license while serving as first lady. And Mrs. Cornwell's husband's boyhood home sat on the Capitol grounds. And when they decided to build the Capitol here, his home was one they took across the river and placed close to the University of Charleston.
"Mrs. Underwood was the first lady twice. Cecil Underwood was the youngest and oldest governor of West Virginia - so she had two terms. But my favorite of all the portraits is Mrs. Rockefeller - it's very '60s. I absolutely love this portrait. It's so beautiful, so young."
First lady Shelley Moore, wife of former Gov. Arch Moore, started the mansion tours and would even have them televised.
Long, who previously was a stay-at-home mom, loves interacting with school children and others during the tours. And she doesn't plan on stopping any time soon.
To request a tour of the mansion, visit www.firstlady.wv.gov/Pages/tourrequest.aspx.
For more information on guided tours of the Capitol, call 304-558-4839. Guided tours are from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Tours last about 30 minutes.
Contact writer Candace Nelson at Candace.Nel...@dailymail. com or 304-348-5148. Follow her at www.twitter.com/Candace07.
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