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David Davis Mansion 2015 Calendar of Events

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2015 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.

Follow Lincoln's Final Days, Assassination & Funeral Train via Twitter

Beginning today with the anniversary of Lincoln's second inaugural address on March 4, 2015 Twitter followers will have a front row seat to the events that ended the Civil War, President Lincoln's assassination, his funeral in Washington D.C., and finally the funeral train from our nation's capital to his final resting place in Springfield, IL in the place he called home on May 3, 2015.

This captivating story will be told through the eyes of Eliza Stavely, a fictional journalist in Washington, D. C. The idea behind the project is to capture how a 19th century woman might have used the power of 21st Century social media to tell the world what was happening around her.

Eliza's "live" feeds will be based on actual events taken from first-hand accounts, newspapers, letters, biographies, and scholarly books.

Follow Eliza @ElizaStavely on Twitter. Don't have a Twitter account sign-up today at twitter.com or follow along at https://twitter.com/elizastavely.

Champagne British Car Festival

May 31st

9am – 4pm

Presented by the Flatlanders British Car Club, this event features all makes of British vehicles parked for your leisurely viewing on the shady, sprawling lawn of the David Davis Mansion.

Glorious Gardens Festival

June 19th-20th

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This popular annual event provides a close-up view into ten of the most wonderful gardens of Bloomington-Normal with a special self-guided tour. Also included is a tour of Sarah’s Garden, the vintage Victorian beauty loved and cared for by Sarah Davis, the Judge’s wife.

Civil War Days

July 18th-19th

9am – 4pm

Visit the Davis Mansion as history comes to life with canon fire, recreated Civil War skirmishes, demonstrations of early battlefield surgery, the reenactment of the Surrender at Appomattox, a chance to listen and talk to the famous Civil War Generals, and much more are presented on the sprawling Mansion lawn in this 150th year since the end of the Civil War.

Antique Auto Exhibit

August 1st

9am – 4pm

The McLean County Antique Auto Club and The David Davis Mansion Foundation present antique vehicles in the inviting surroundings of the Mansion lawn.

All Car Community Show

September 12th

9am – 4pm

Anything goes in this lively freestyle vehicle show!! If it runs, it’s eligible to enter this event!

A Bountiful Feast

November 7th

9am – 4pm

The servants are busy preparing the Mansion for Thanksgiving and we are invited to drop in. Be careful, or you might be put to work!

Thanksgiving at Clover Lawn

November 4th-21st

9am – 4pm

Focusing on Thanksgiving customs of the era, the Mansion will reflect an old fashioned Thanksgiving as the Davis family experienced it.

Christmas at the Mansions

December 12th

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Delight in an abundance of lavish Christmas décor as you tour three Mansions in the community, including the Davis Mansion, all elegantly dressed for your visit!

Christmas at Clover Lawn

November 27th-December 31st

9am – 4pm

Lavishly adorned with greens, colorful paper decorations, ornaments of glass, gold, and silver, the Davis Mansion sits in all its glory awaiting your holiday visit! Come see the many trees – each with a different theme – smell the wonderful holiday smells, learn about Christmas traditions and customs through the years, and enjoy the splendor of this Victorian jewel on the prairie!

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.

Victorian History Program and Tour

Presented by The Tea Ladies, Inc.

Join The Tea Ladies for any of several entertaining and factual Victorian programs presented in the formal parlor of the David Davis Mansion. Programs are presented in Victorian costume by Nancy Perzo and Karen Patton. For further information on available programs, scheduling, and cost, contact Nancy Perzo at (309) 827-2200 and visit The Tea Ladies website

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