2019 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.

Antique Car Exhibit - Saturday, August 3rd

Beautiful, historic cars in a beautiful, historic setting – that’s the promise of 23rd Annual Antique Car Exhibition on Sat., Aug. 3 at the David Davis Mansion State Historic Site in Bloomington.

 More than 75 cars from the 1900s through the 1980s will be displayed on the mansion grounds from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visitors can stroll through the amazing collection of vintage vehicles on display. They can view the cars up close, talk with the owners, and meet fellow automobile enthusiasts.

 All vintage automobiles are invited to participate in a “Parade of Progress” around the mansion drive at approximately 2 p.m. 

 Providing entertainment for the event will be the Illinois Country Music Association. They will have performers providing entertainment for guests on the lawn. Redbird Catering will also have picnic foods and beverages for sale.  We will also have the Mr Softee Ice Cream truck from noon to 2. Free, self-guided tours of the mansion will be offered, and mansion guides will be on hand to answer questions. The Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer questions about Sarah’s Garden.

 The event is co-sponsored by the McLean County Antique Automobile Club and the David Davis Mansion Foundation. A donation of $5 per person is suggested.

The David Davis Mansion State Historic Site (1000 Monroe Drive, Bloomington) is administered by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. It was built in 1872 by David Davis, a U.S. Supreme Court justice and political ally of Abraham Lincoln.

 It is open Wednesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for public tours. 

 The David Davis Mansion Foundation is a not-for-profit organization supporting education, preservation and acquisition programs for the David Davis Mansion. 

The McLean County Antique Automobile Club’s members are committed to the preservation of antique automobiles and enjoy the camaraderie that goes along with these preservation efforts.

Event Properties

Event Date 08-03-2019 9:00 am
Event End Date 08-03-2019 3:00 am

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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