The Dudley mansion was built in 1825 by North Carolina’s first elected governor, Edward B. Dudley. The Mansion was also home to Pembroke and Sarah Jones. Known for the lavish parties they would throw, famous attendees soon coined the phrase, “keeping up with the Joneses,” reflecting the grandeur of the Mansion. Some well known guests of the Mansion include Daniel Webster, General Sherman, Woodrow Wilson and President William H. Taft. Under current ownership, the Mansion and gardens underwent a total restoration that brought this amazing historical home back to its grand life. The “Dudley” was chosen to host the 2008 North Carolina Azalea Festival Garden Tour ribbon cutting ceremony, a true honor.