2019 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.

All makes and models of vehicles from antique to modern are welcome at the David Davis Mansion State Historic Site in Bloomington on Saturday, September 14 for the annual Cruise-In event on the mansion grounds. Hours for the show are 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  In addition to cars and trucks, Cruise-In participants may bring more unusual vehicles such as a boats, motorcycles or tractors.    

Dash Plaques for the first 100 vehicles will be provided by State Farm agent Chris Mizell.    

Cruise In Chevy         Cruise In Tomato Red Truck 2

Best in class trophies will be awarded for categories including Street Rod, Muscle Car, Truck, Motorcycle, Special Interest, Import, Fabulous 4-Door, Awesome Wagon, Tractor, and Best Boat.

Music will be provided by [email protected] and food concessions will be sold by Redbird Catering. The Davis Mansion and gardens will be open for walk-through tours. Docents and gardeners will be available for questions. There is no entry fee for vehicle participants. 

To register a vehicle and reserve a dash plaque, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.@gmail.com or call Don or Cindy Kopak at (309) 824-5594.  On-site registration opens at 9:00 a.m. the day of the event.

The event is co-sponsored by the Midstate Cruisers and the David Davis Mansion Foundation. A donation of $5 per person is suggested.

           

The David Davis Mansion State Historic Site (1000 Monroe Drive, Bloomington) is administered by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. It was built in 1872 by David Davis, a U.S. Supreme Court justice and political ally of Abraham Lincoln. It is open Wednesday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for public tours. 

The David Davis Mansion Foundation is a not-for-profit organization supporting education, preservation and acquisition programs for the David Davis Mansion. 

Event Date 09-14-2019 10:00 am
Event End Date 09-14-2019 2:00 pm

The David Davis Mansion State Historic Site is proud to present a concert by the 33rd Illinois Volunteer Regiment Band on Saturday, September 14 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on the mansion grounds in Bloomington.

The band was recreated in 1996 by musicians from Central Illinois, recreating the actual Civil War era band that was mustered at Illinois State Normal University in 1861. The band addresses the history of Civil War era brass bands and the evolution of brass instruments.  The musicians’ uniforms are sewn from wool fiber and are authentic in every detail, patterned from actual uniforms worn by Union soldiers. This authenticity provides the most accurate presentation possible.

The David Davis Mansion Foundation will host an ice cream social during the concert, providing ice cream and toppings. Visitors are invited to bring their lawn chairs or blankets and enjoy an evening of music and comradery on the grounds of the historic Davis Mansion.

The David Davis Mansion State Historic Site (1000 Monroe Drive, Bloomington) is administered by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. It was built in 1872 by David Davis, a U.S. Supreme Court justice and political ally of Abraham Lincoln. It is open Wednesday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for public tours. 

The David Davis Mansion Foundation is a not-for-profit organization supporting education, preservation and acquisition programs for the David Davis Mansion. 

Event Date 09-14-2019 5:00 pm
Event End Date 11-30-2018

Christmas at the Mansions is a tour of two beautiful historic sites in Bloomington, Illinois --  David Davis Mansion and Ewing Manor. For this self-driving event from 2:00-7:00pm Saturday, December 7th, you'll see these gorgeous homes decked in period Christmas finery. Take in the architecture, the historic holiday postcard settings and hosts dressed in period costumes as you walk back in time to the late 1800s and early 1900s. Music and other surprises will complement your tour!

David Davis Mansion State Historic Site and Ewing Manor are located within easy driving distance of each other in Bloomington-Normal, Illinois and you may visit them in which ever order you choose. Free parking is available on the grounds of David Davis Mansion State Historic Site at 1000 Monroe Drive, Bloomington, IL, OR across the street from Ewing Manor in the parking lot of St. John's Lutheran Church at 1617 E. Emerson Street, Bloomington, IL.  

Tickets will go on sale November 1st, and will be $15 each in advance at David Davis Mansion VIsitor Center and at select retailers, and will be $16 each online. Watch for further details.

Event proceeds benefit the Preservation and Educational programs of the David Davis Mansion State Historic Site and Ewing Manor. Both are supported by 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit organizations.

Event Date 12-07-2019 2:00 pm
Event End Date 12-07-2019
Ticket Sales Start Date 11-01-2019
Cut off date 12-05-2019
Individual Price $15.00
$15.00

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