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.

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David Davis Mansion

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Located at

1000 Monroe Dr., Bloomington

Questions? Call 309-828-1084


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


                                                                                      victorian house servants


"A Bountiful Feast"

Thanksgiving at The David Davis Mansion

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Tours between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

(Approximately one hour in length)

Join us as costumed storytellers portray the Irish servants who worked for the David Davis Family in their 1870’s Victorian mansion!

* Talk with the maids as they rush to complete their chores on a busy Thanksgiving Day.

* Watch while Davis Family members & friends enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving feast – with all the trimmings!

* Listen to Bridget, the cook, as she gives the Magee Range a workout while preparing food for the family and servants.

But be careful, or you may wind up helping with the chores before your visit is over!

The event is free; donations welcomed

Presented by:

The David Davis Mansion Foundation and

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources

David Davis Mansion     1000 Monroe      Bloomington, IL 61704




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

The novelist Charles Dickens was the “rock star” of his day in Victorian times.  Legions of fans awaited the publication of his books and stood in long lines to get tickets for his public appearances.  Almost every literate person in nineteenth-century England read at least one of his books and his popularity spread to America. Judge Davis heard Dickens give dramatic readings of A Christmas Carol and other novels in early February 1868, in the nation’s capital.  The judge’s description of the enthusiastic audiences provides a sense of what it must have been like to see and hear the “great man.”   What Davis enjoyed most was the animated way in which Dickens brought to life the characters in A Christmas Carol.

The impact of Dickens’s stories on the Victorian celebration of Christmas will be highlighted during this year’s “Christmas at Clover Lawn,” scheduled for November 23 through December 29 at the David Davis Mansion State Historic Site in Bloomington.  Tour hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday.  The site will be closed Sundays through Tuesdays, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.

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

Christmas at the Mansions Tours -- Saturday, Dec. 8th,   2-5pm and 5-8pm

The very popular Bloomington-Normal annual holiday event, "Christmas at the Mansions," featuring tours of David Davis Mansion, Ewing Manor, and a third secret location, all decorated for the holidays, returns on Saturday, December 8th with two tours: 2-5pm and 5-8pm. 

Tickets are $18 in advance, and will be available November 1st through December 7th at these locations: Casey's Garden Shop, The Garlic Press, Hy-Vee Market, both Bloomington and Normal Schnucks Supermarkets, and the Visitor Center at David Davis Mansion. Tickets will also be available online until until 11:55pm December 7th at www.daviddavismansion.org. On the day of the event, tickets will be available only at David Davis Mansion Visitor Center and will be $20 each, cash or check only. Tickets are nonrefundable and will be available only until sold out. 

For more information on the event, call the David Davis Mansion at 309-828-1084 or visit www.ChristmasAtTheMansions.com.

The event is co-sponsored by the David Davis Mansion Foundation, a not-for-profit organization that helps support education and restoration at the David Davis Mansion Historic Site, and Ewing Cultural Center, a not-for-profit museum owned and operated by Illinois State University Foundation.  

Event Date 12-08-2018
Event End Date 12-08-2018
Ticket Sales Start Date 11-01-2018 1:00 am
Cut off date 12-07-2018 11:55 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.

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