"Upstairs/Downstairs at Bloomington's Downton Abbey" will be held from 9a.m. to 4 p.m. March 18th. This family friendly event offers a hands-on experience for children and adults. Costumed storytellers will portray Irish servants who worked for the David Davis family in their 1870s Victorian mansion. Visitors may talk with the servants as they rush to complete their chores on a typically busy St. Patrick's Day, and then hear what the Davis family members have to say about their efforts.
Bridget, the cook, occupies a special position in the household because she's an expert with the Magee Range. She will give the cook stove a workout as she describes how she prepares food for the family and servants, and determines how many pieces of coal it takes to bake a cake. Guests are advised to use caution, or they may wind up helping with the chores before their visit is over!
The event is free and open to the public. The David Davis Mansion State Historic Site, administered by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, was built in 1872 for U.S. Supreme Court Justice David Davis and his wife, Sarah. Located at 1000 Monroe Drive in Bloomington, IL, it is open each week Wednesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.