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.

"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 04-08-2017
Event End Date 04-08-2017
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.