2017 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.

Eggs on the Mansion Lawn!  It's an EGGstravaganza!  Grab a basket and your little ones and come for eggs on the lawn at David Davis Mansion!  Event begins at 10am Saturday, April 8th.

Age Divisions and Times:

10:00am -- 2-years-old andunder

10:10am -- 3- and 4-years-old

10:20am -- K and 1st Graders

10:30am -- 2nd and 3rd Graders

10:40am  -- 4th and 5th Graders


Event sponsored by David Davis Mansion Foundation, David Davis Mansion State Historic Site, and Illinois Prairie Community Foundation.


Event Date 04-08-2017 10:00 am
Event End Date 04-08-2017 10:50 am

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If you are a DeLorean lover, you do NOT want to miss this event!! The largest collection of DeLoreans (the “Back to the Future Car”) ever assembled in Bloomington will be the feature of the 26th Champagne British Car Festival, sponsored by the Flatland British Car Club on June 4 at the David Davis Mansion State Historic Site.

Additionally, the Mecum Auction’s “Mobile Experience” trailer will allow visitors to have their pictures taken as they appear to be auctioning off a show car.

Visitors and car owners alike will be greeted by a huge Union Jack flag at the entrance of the David Davis Mansion for snapshots.  The entire grounds will be festooned with the colorful flags of the manufacturers, including MG, Triumph, Jaguar, Lotus, Bentley and of course DeLorean.

British cuisine will be available from Red Bird Catering and Bob’s Ice Cream from the opening at 9 a.m. until the awards ceremony at 2:30 at which time the State Farm Cup will be awarded the winner of the Best of Show car.

All entrance donations will benefit the David Davis Mansion Foundation.

The David Davis Mansion State Historic Site (1000 Monroe Drive in Bloomington was built in 1872 by David Davis, a U.S. Supreme Court Justice and political ally of Abraham Lincoln.

Event Date 06-04-2017 9:00 am
Event End Date 06-04-2017 4:00 pm

Gardens Totally ROCK!  The 21st Annual Glorious Garden Festival Garden Walk will be held from 1pm to 8pm on Friday, June 16th, and 9am to 5pm on Saturday, June 17th.  Tickets will be $17 in advance at participating retail establishments and the David Davis Mansion Visitor Center, and $20 the weekend of the event available only at David Davis Mansion, and $7 for ages 1-17 years. This fund-raising event benefits the David Davis Mansion Foundation.  Watch for announcement of tickets sales dates and more event details!

Event Date 06-16-2017 1:00 pm
Event End Date 06-17-2017 5:00 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.