Calendar of Events

Abraham Lincoln's Birthday Celebration

Feb. 11, 2023   9:00am - 3:30pm
The David Davis Mansion, 1000 Monroe Drive, Bloomington, IL 61701

Celebrate Abraham Lincoln’s 213th birthday with a meet and greet with “President Lincoln” at the David Davis Mansion!   At this free event, children and their families will get to meet Mr. Lincoln (portrayed by Randy Duncan), take pictures with him, and enjoy birthday cake at…

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New Volunteer Informational Meeting

Feb. 25, 2023   9:00am - 11:00am
The David Davis Mansion, 1000 Monroe Drive, Bloomington, IL 61701

If you enjoy history and talking to others, consider volunteering at the David Davis Mansion as a tour guide! We’ll provide all the training!   Many of our volunteer tour guides have been with us for several years and really enjoy giving tours! They meet people of all ages from our community,…

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Spring Festival and Egg Hunt

Apr. 1, 2023   9:00am - 12:00pm
David Davis Mansion, 1000 Monroe Drive, Bloomington, IL 61701

Join us on the front lawn of the David Davis Mansion for a Spring Festival!   From 9am-noon kids can visit and have their photo taken with the EASTER BUNNY (suggested donation of $1 to benefit the David Davis Mansion Foundation), enjoy a read-aloud SPRING STORY in the mansion barn, participate…

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Behind the Scenes Tour

Apr. 15, 2023   8:30am - 10:30am
David Davis Mansion, 1000 Monroe Drive, Bloomington, IL 61701

Have you ever wondered, "What's up that staircase?" or "What do they keep behind those STAFF ONLY doors?" Have you always wanted to explore the attic or the basement of the David Davis Mansion? Would you really like to know how something specific works inside the mansion? Do…

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Champagne British Car Show

Jun. 4, 2023   10:00am - 3:00pm
David Davis Mansion, 1000 Monroe Dr, Bloomington, IL 61701

Over 100 vehicles of all makes, models, and years manufactured in the United Kingdom are the focus of this popular summer event at the David Davis Mansion, co-sponsored by the Illinois Flat Land British Car Club. Visitors will enjoy live music and concessions on the mansion lawn while wandering through…

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A Saturday Stroll in Sarah's Garden

Jun. 17, 2023   9:00am - 10:30am
The David Davis Mansion, 1000 Monroe Drive, Bloomington, IL 61701

Enjoy a morning walk through Sarah Davis’ 1872 heirloom garden, enjoying the summer sun and taking in the beautiful flowers and plants, many of which are original to the space. Enjoy a cup of lemonade while you stroll! Master Gardeners will also be roaming, dressed in historic costume, and can…

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Glorious Garden Festival

Jul. 14, 2023   1:00pm - 7:00pm
David Davis Mansion, 1000 Monroe Drive, Bloomington, IL 61701

Join us July 14-15 for the 27th Annual GLORIOUS GARDEN FESTIVAL, with all events starting at the David Davis Mansion in Bloomington.   A paid ticket for the GARDEN WALK gives gardeners and garden lovers two days to visit several beautiful, inspired private gardens in the community from 1-7 pm on…

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Glorious Garden Festival

Jul. 15, 2023   9:00am - 3:00pm
David Davis Mansion, 1000 Monroe Drive, Bloomington, IL 61701

Join us July 14-15 for the 27th Annual GLORIOUS GARDEN FESTIVAL, with all events starting at the David Davis Mansion in Bloomington.   A paid ticket for the GARDEN WALK gives gardeners and garden lovers two days to visit several beautiful, inspired private gardens in the community from 1-7 pm on…

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27th Annual Antique Auto Show

Aug. 5, 2023   10:00am - 3:00pm
The David Davis Mansion, 1000 Monroe Drive, Bloomington, IL 61701

Beautiful, historic cars in a beautiful, historic setting – that’s the promise of the 27th Annual Antique Auto Show.   More than 75 cars from the 1900s through the 1980s will be displayed on the mansion grounds from 10am to 3pm. Visitors can stroll through the amazing collection of…

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Children's Gardening Program

Aug. 26, 2023   9:00am - 11:30am
The David Davis Mansion, 1000 Monroe Drive, Bloomington, IL 61701

All kids ages 7 and up are invited to join us at the David Davis Mansion in August for a morning all about gardening! Take a special tour of Sarah Davis' heirloom garden, learn how plants and flowers grow, discover how to plant and collect seeds, visit with some pollinators, make some flower-related…

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Cruise-In at the Mansion

Sep. 9, 2023   10:00am - 3:00pm
David Davis, 1000 Monroe Dr, Bloomington, IL 61701

See all makes and models of vehicles from antique to modern at the David Davis Mansion on Saturday, September 9 from 10am-3pm for the annual Cruise-In, co-sponsored by the David Davis Mansion Foundation and the Mid-State Cruisers! More unusual vehicles may also make an appearance to this show, such…

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The Lincoln Miracle: A Book Talk with Author Edward Achorn

Oct. 25, 2023   All Day
The David Davis Mansion, 1000 Monroe Drive, Bloomington, IL 61701

Join us at the mansion for an evening with Edward Achorn, author of The Lincoln Miracle, the vivid, behind-the-scenes story of perhaps the most consequential political moment in American history—Abraham Lincoln’s history-changing nomination to lead the Republican Party in the 1860 presidential…

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Christmas Open House: Clover Lawn Gift Shop

Nov. 18, 2023   9:00am - 3:00pm
The David Davis Mansion, 1000 Monroe Drive, Bloomington, IL 61701, Bloomington, IL 61701

Be the first to see the Clover Lawn Gift Shop at the David Davis Mansion all decorated for the holidays, gleaming with sparkling lights, and bursting with Christmas merchandise and great presents for your friends and family!   Enjoy special discounts throughout the store and some delicious refreshments!…

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Christmas Barn Sale

Nov. 18, 2023   9:00am - 3:00pm
The David Davis Mansion, 1000 Monroe Drive, Bloomington, IL 61701

Enjoy this rare opportunty to purchase gently Christmas decorations and other mansion treasures during this special sale!   The event will take place in the barn of the David Davis Mansion, which is at the back of the property, and will be clearly marked.   Sales are cash or check only.  …

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Christmas Pie Fundraiser

Dec. 1, 2023 - Dec. 12, 2023   All Day
The David Davis Mansion, 1000 Monroe Drive, Bloomington, IL 61701

Our 2nd Annual Christmas Pie Fundraiser, featuring incredibly delicious pies from our friends at Busy Corner in Goodfield, begins on December 1!   There are 9 different options to choose from: Caramel Apple, Cherry, Peach, Pumpkin, Toll House, Banana, Coconut, French Silk, and Peanut Butter…

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'Twas the Night Before Christmas: A Holiday Program for Children

Dec. 2, 2023   9:30am - 11:30am
The David Davis Mansion, 1000 Monroe Drive, Bloomington, IL 61701

Come discover what Christmas was like in the 1800's by taking a special tour of the David Davis Mansion while it's decorated for the holidays! Then, enjoy a reading of The Night Before Christmas, a festive snack, and an art project!   This program occurs twice on December 2: 9:30am…

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'Twas the Night Before Christmas: A Holiday Program for Children

Dec. 2, 2023   1:30pm - 3:30pm
The David Davis Mansion, 1000 Monroe Drive, Bloomington, IL 61701

Come discover what Christmas was like in the 1800's by taking a special tour of the David Davis Mansion while it's decorated for the holidays! Then, enjoy a reading of The Night Before Christmas, a festive snack, and an art project!   This program occurs twice on December 2: 9:30am…

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Christmas at the Mansions

Dec. 9, 2023   2:00pm - 7:00pm
David Davis Mansion, 1000 Monroe Dr, Bloomington, IL 61701

Experience a special self-guided tour of the David Davis Mansion and Ewing Manor, decorated in period Christmas finery! Take in the architecture, the historic holiday postcard settings, and hosts dressed in period costumes as you walk back in time to the late 1800s and early 1900s. Music and other…

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A Gilded Age Christmas...with Santa!

Dec. 15, 2023   5:00pm - 7:00pm
David Davis, 1000 Monroe Dr, Bloomington, IL 61701

Friday, December 15 AND Saturday, December 16 5-7 pm   Join us for a fun family event!   Visitors will have the opportunity to walk through the mansion at night and view each room, decked out with beautiful holiday decorations, while costumed guides walk the halls. Can you find the green glass…

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A Gilded Age Christmas...with Santa!

Dec. 16, 2023   5:00pm - 7:00pm
David Davis, 1000 Monroe Dr, Bloomington, IL 61701

Friday, December 15 AND Saturday, December 16 5-7 pm   Join us for a fun family event!   Visitors will have the opportunity to walk through the mansion at night and view each room, decked out with beautiful holiday decorations, while costumed guides walk the halls. Can you find the green glass…

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Abraham Lincoln's Birthday Celebration
Abraham Lincoln's Birthday Celebration
Celebrate Abraham Lincoln’s 213th birthday with a meet and greet with “President Lincoln” at the David Davis Mansion!   At this…
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New Volunteer Informational Meeting
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If you enjoy history and talking to others, consider volunteering at the David Davis Mansion as a tour guide! We’ll provide all the training!  …
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