David Davis Mansion celebrates Lincoln's birthday with special tours and funny tales from "Lincoln himself"!
The David Davis Mansion State Historic Site will celebrate Abraham Lincoln’s 211th birthday on Saturday, February 8th with a meet and greet with “President Lincoln” (portrayed by Randy Duncan).
This family-friendly free event starts at 9:00 a.m. with the final tour beginning at 3:30 p.m. Children and their families will get to meet Mr. Lincoln, take pictures with him and enjoy birthday cake at the home of one of Lincoln’s closest friends and political allies, Judge David Davis.
Through tall tales and amusing stories told by President Lincoln and the volunteers, visitors will learn about Lincoln’s life and his relationship with Davis, who was appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court.
|Event Date||02-08-2020 9:00 am|
|Event End Date||02-08-2020 3:30 pm|
If You Miss Downton Abbey, Visit the David Davis Mansion March 14th
Fans of the behind-the-scenes intrigue of the television show “Downton Abbey” will want to visit the David Davis Mansion State Historic Site in Bloomington on Saturday, March 14th for a look at the lives of servants and their employers.
Costumed storytellers will portray Irish servants who worked for the Davis family at their Victorian mansion during the 19th century. Visitors will have a chance to talk with staff and volunteers portraying servants rushing to complete their chores as well as members of the Davis family.
The free, family-friendly “Upstairs/Downstairs at Bloomington’s Downton Abbey” event runs from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on March 14th.
Visitors will meet characters including Bridget, the cook who occupies a special position in the household because she’s an expert with the Magee Range. She regularly gives the stove a workout preparing meals for the Davises and will describe how she prepares food and determines how many pieces of coal it takes to bake a cake.
The David Davis Mansion was built in 1872 for U.S. Supreme Court Justice David Davis and his wife Sarah. Davis who also served in the U.S. Senate was a friend and political ally of Abraham Lincoln.
The mansion is open each Wednesday through Saturday for free public tours and is located at 1000 Monroe Drive in Bloomington. For more information, call 309-828-1084 or visit www.daviddavismansion.org.
The site is operated by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. IDNR protects the state’s historic resources, which contribute to education, culture and the economy.
|Event Date||03-14-2020 9:00 am|
|Event End Date||03-14-2020 3:30 pm|