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.

Looking for something interesting to do in your spare time? Please consider volunteering at the David Davis Mansion! To learn more about this volunteer opportunity, join us for a short informational meeting on Wednesday, January 25th, at 6pm in the Visitor Center, located at 1000 Monroe Drive, Bloomington.

Questions? Call 309-828-1084.

Event Date 01-25-2017
Event End Date 01-25-2017
Capacity Unlimited

These questions and more will be answered on Sunday, January 29th, during this special David Davis Mansion Mechanical Tour.  Two tour times are available, 1:00pm and 3:00pm, and each one is limited to 20 people. Tickets are $15 each.  Come join us for a little fun and a lot of mechanical information!  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 4pm, Thursday, January 26th. Please wear flat walking shoes for the tour.

Event Date 01-29-2017 1:00 pm
Event End Date 01-29-2017 3:00 pm
Capacity 20
Available place 20
Individual Price $15.00
$15.00 20

Enjoy tall tales and amusing stories as costumed characters remember their encounters with Mr. Lincoln.  You may even glimpse the nation's 16th president himself!

Event Date 02-11-2017 9:00 am
Event End Date 02-11-2017 4:00 pm
Capacity Unlimited

Spend the school holiday with your favorite student! 

This event is designed as an adventure for kids with adults on a day off from school!

Learn about a friendship that shaped history at the David Davis Mansion!

  • Discover the ties President Abraham Lincoln had to Bloomington
  • Take part in an interactive presentation
  • Tour the Mansion(make sure to check out the bathtubs!)

Sign up for one of two sessions:  9:00-11:00am OR 1:00-3:00pm. Cost is $10/person.

Pre-registration is required.  Visit heartland.edu/continuingEd or call 309/268-8160 to register.

This is a collaborative event presented by Heartland Community College Dept. of Continuing Education at David Davis Mansion Historic Site.

Event Date 02-20-2017 9:00 am
Event End Date 02-20-2017 3:00 pm
Capacity Unlimited

"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.


Event Date 03-18-2017 9:00 am
Event End Date 03-18-2017 4:00 pm
Capacity Unlimited

Watch for more information on this new children's event on the lawn at David Davis Mansion!

Event Date 04-15-2017
Event End Date 04-15-2017
Capacity Unlimited

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.