2018 Special Events at the David Davis Mansion

The Mansion is open for regular tours each week 9am-4pm, Wednesday-Saturday, except holidays. The events below are separate opportunities to visit, during times and dates noted, when special programs are planned for your pleasure. Call 309-828-1084 with questions.

Looking for somethng to do in your spare time?  Please consider volunteering at the David Davis Mansion. We have many opportunities available including answering phones, giving tours, working in the gift shop, working at special events, or joining a committee such as fundraising or membership, and more.

To learn more, join us on Saturday, February 23rd at 10am at the Visitor Center, located at the entrance drive to the Mansion, 1000 Monroe Drive, Bloomington, IL.

Note: If you decide to become a volunteer for the David Davis Mansion after the informational meeting, you will be asked to return for a training session 5-7pm on Wednesday, February 27th  OR 10am-12noon on Saturday, March 2nd.  Questions? Call the Visitor Center 309-828-1084 during office hours Wed.-Sat. 9am-4pm. 

Event Date 02-23-2019 10:00 am
Event End Date 02-23-2019 12:00 pm

Back by Popular Demand!  If you missed it before, get your tickets now for the fascinating Mechanical Tour coming up Saturday, February 23rd at David Davis Mansion!

Ever wonder about the behind-the scenes mechanical workings of the once most-up-to-date house in Bloomington?

*  How was the David Davis Mansion lit?

*  What was the source?

*  Where did it come from?

*  Did the water come from a well?

*  Or, did the city have water available in 1872?

*  What about lighting the gasoliers?

*  How was that performed?

*  How was the boiler fired?

*  What is in the attic?

*  What is in basement?

These questions and more will be answered on Saturday, February 23rd, during this special David Davis Mansion Mechanical Tour. Tour time is 1:00pm and tickets must be purchased in advance. Tickets are $15 each and the tour is limited to 20 people. Tickets are available only at the David Davis Mansion Visitors Center, open 9am-4pm Wednesdays-Saturdays. Or call 309-828-1084 during these hours only, to reserve your tickets. DEADLINE FOR TICKETS is 3:30pm, Thursday, February 21st. Join us for a little fun and a lot of mechanical information! Please wear flat walking shoes for the tour. 

Event Date 02-23-2019 1:00 pm
Event End Date 02-23-2019 2:30 pm
Capacity 20

Anyone who misses the behind-the-scenes intrigue of "Downton Abbey" will want to visit the David Davis Mansion State Historic Site on Saturday, March 16th, for a look at the lives of servants and their employers.

Costumed storytellers will portray Irish servants who worked for the Davis family at their Victorian mansion. Visitors can talk with the servants rushing to complete their chores, and then hear what the Davis family members have to say about the staff.

The free, family-friendly "Upstairs/Downstairs at Bloomington's Downton Abbey" event runs from 9am-3:30pm Saturday, March 16th.

Meet characters like Bridget, the cook, who occupies a special position in the household because she's an expert with the Magee Range. She gives the stove a workout during her daily responsibilities and she will describe how she prepares food and determines how many pieces of coal it takes to bake a cake. But visitors should be careful or they might wind up helping with the chores throughout the house!

Event Date 03-16-2019 9:00 am
Event End Date 03-16-2019 3:30 pm

Watch for more details including times for individual age groups for the race to collect Easter Eggs on the lawn of the David Davis Mansion, Saturday, April 13th.

Event Date 04-13-2019 10:00 am
Event End Date 04-13-2019 12:00 pm

Ongoing Events

Prologue to Presidency: Abraham Lincoln on the Illinois Eighth Judicial Circuit

Ongoing Exhibit

Funded by a total of $33,000 in grants from several organizations, this is the first of such major exhibits to be created in the local Lincoln legacy programs, and is housed in the Lincoln-era barn on the grounds of the David Davis Mansion. The project is sponsored by the former Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission of McLean County as part of the celebration of the Lincoln Bicentennial. The exhibit development was also supported by the Illinois Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, the Bloomington-Normal Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the Looking for Lincoln Heritage Coalition. The Heritage Association of McLean County is working with the Davis Mansion staff and Foundation to promote the exhibit and create related educational programs and special events. For more information, contact the David Davis Mansion State Historic Site at (309) 828-1084.

Looking for Lincoln and Davis

Special exhibits and educational programs related to Abraham Lincoln and David Davis are part of a statewide tourism program. Call (309) 828-1084 for more information.

David Davis Mansion

1000 Monroe Drive
Bloomington, Illinois 61701

Contact Us

Phone: (309) 828-1084
Email: [email protected]

Hours of Operation

Wednesday - Saturday
9am - 4pm