"A Bountiful Feast" living history theatrical event, 9am-3:30pm, Sat., Nov. 2nd
Living history program on November 2nd will offer a servants’ view of an 1870s Thanksgiving in "A Bountiful Feast".
This year’s Thanksgiving celebration at Davis Mansion will showcase a live theatrical event, “A Bountiful Feast”, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 2nd. In this special living history presentation throughout the day, actors in costume will offer the servants' perspective on this lavish Victorian holiday observance.
The Davis servants were a major reason why Thanksgiving at the Davis Mansion was a treat for all the senses. “A Bountiful Feast” will give visitors a rare opportunity to witness Thanksgiving at the Mansion almost completely from the servants’ point of view. It’s also a chance for visitors to relive a time when people produced and ate fresh, locally grown foods. While watching performers portraying the Davis family enjoying a traditional New England Thanksgiving feast, visitors will come across the household servants who are busily preparing Thanksgiving dinner for the family and gossiping about personal events in their own lives.
The Mansion will be decorated for Thanksgiving throughout the season, and each day the bountiful foods, family celebrations and charitable customs of the period will be featured. In addition to the Mansion’s collection of antique china and rare silver, visitors will see the large variety of delicious foods that were typical of a Thanksgiving celebration in the Victorian age - a traditional feast of turkey, pumpkin pie, and all the trimmings. Thanksgiving was the time of year when the dining room was as magnificently decorated for the holidays as the parlor, and visitors will feel as if they are immersed in a 19th century feast.
“A Bountiful Feast” are co-sponsored by the David Davis Mansion Foundation and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, which administers the David Davis Mansion. Donations are always encouraged.
Regular tours of the Davis Mansion are free and open to the public, and are offered Wednesday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The site will be closed on Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays and holidays.
The David Davis Mansion State Historic Site, built in the 1870s for U.S. Supreme Court Justice David Davis and his wife, Sarah, is located at 1000 Monroe Drive in Bloomington, IL.
|Event Date||11-02-2019 9:00 am|
|Event End Date||11-02-2019 3:30 pm|