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.

If you have a love for British-made cars, you’ll love this popular annual gathering of British beauties on the lawn of Davis Mansion.

Event Date 06-03-2018
Event End Date 06-03-2018

Unexpected Delights!  This year’s Garden Walk offers walk-through tours of 9 private gardens in the Bloomington-Normal area. Hours are 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, June 15, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 16. The Garden Walk will be held rain or shine.

Tickets are $17 in advance and $7 for anyone under 18. Beginning May 1, tickets may be purchased in advance at Beyond Normal, The Garlic Press and Schnucks Supermarket in Normal, and at Casey’s Garden Shop & Florist, Crossroads Handicrafts, Growing Grounds Garden Center & Florist, McLean County Museum of History, Schnucks Supermarket in Bloomington, Wendell Niepagen Greenhouses & Garden Center, and David Davis Mansion Visitors’ Center in Bloomington and online at www.daviddavismansion.org.  Tickets may be purchased for $20 and $7 the weekend of the event at the David Davis Mansion.


Event Date 06-15-2018 1:00 pm
Event End Date 06-16-2018 5:00 pm
Ticket Sales Start Date 05-01-2018 1:00 am
Cut off date 06-12-2018 11:55 pm

Old bikes, new bikes, serious cyclists and those who just ride for the sheer pleasure of it, this event celebrates moving on 2 wheels – or one, or three – over the last 2 centuries. Watch for more information. 

Event Date 07-21-2018
Event End Date 07-21-2018

Annual gathering of choice Antique Vehicles displayed under the trees on the grounds of Davis Mansion.

Event Date 08-04-2018
Event End Date 08-04-2018

From the hot rods of the ‘40s and ‘50s to the muscle cars and street machines of the ‘60s and ‘70s, to the newest innovations on 4 wheels, this event celebrates America’s love of our everyday rides. If you can drive it and you like it, if it’s your pride’n’joy and you want to show it off, if your buddies still turn green with envy when you idle it, bring it and park it! Area car clubs and individuals invited. If you’re curious about these or already know you love oohing and aahing over them, come enjoy the day on the lawn at Davis Mansion.

Event Date 09-08-2018
Event End Date 09-08-2018

Bring your camera and click away. This time of year always offers some gorgeous weather and the Mansion, surrounded by the trees aflame in glorious fall colors, offers a beautiful backdrop. New pictures for your scrap books, back-to-school and homecoming pics, engagement pics, you choose. Must be photos for personal use only, please.

Event Date 09-08-2018
Event End Date 11-03-2018

Goodies for your little goblins!

Event Date 10-31-2018
Event End Date 10-31-2018

Costumed actors portray Mrs. Davis and her guests in the formal dining room of the Mansion as they discuss the news of the day. Table topics may surprise you!

Event Date 11-02-2018
Event End Date 11-02-2018

Tour the Davis Mansion, known as Clover Lawn, garbed in simple fall décor for the Thanksgiving season.

Event Date 11-07-2018
Event End Date 11-17-2018

Enjoy the beauty of the Mansion decorated for Christmas. Décor will remain up thru Dec. 29th.

Event Date 11-23-2018
Event End Date 12-29-2018

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