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David Davis Mansion 2014 Calendar of Events

Watch for information on all upcoming events!

18th Annual Antique Auto Exhibit

August 2

10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Suggested donation $5 per person

More than 75 vintage automobiles from the early 1900s to the 1980s will be the highlight of the 18th Annual Antique Car Exhibition on the spacious, shady grounds of the historic David Davis Mansion in Bloomington from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, August 2nd. Visitors can stroll through this amazing collection and 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.

The Illinois Country Music Association will present performers who will provide entertainment on the Mansion lawn, and picnic foods and beverages will be available for purchase. The Mansion will be open for free, self-guided tours during the event, and Mansion guides will be on hand to answer questions.

The event is co-sponsored by the McLean County Antique Automobile Club and the David Davis Mansion Foundation.

“Roadways to the Past” Bus Tour
Walking with Lincoln: Your Personal Tour of Springfield, Illinois

August 20

8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

The David Davis Mansion Foundation invites you to spend a day in Mr. Lincoln’s hometown, Springfield, Illinois. If you haven’t visited the Lincoln sites, this is an opportunity to explore these great treasures. If you have toured Springfield in the past, you can enjoy old favorites and new attractions, including the “Lincoln in Hollywood” exhibit at Springfield’s Union Station, plus a private tour of the Lincoln Presidential Library.

Numerous historic sites and eateries are within easy walking distance, and special trolley service will be available to our group for added convenience. We will provide site and restaurant details and a map (with trolley stops included) in advance so you can choose which sites you wish to visit.

Travel in comfort and take in the numerous exhibits that celebrate the life and work of our sixteenth president.

See the event flyer for more information and the registration form to be printed and mailed.

Barn Quilt Heritage Trail McLean County Opening Event

August 23

10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

The third-annual kick-off event for the BQHT project is open to the public and held on the grounds of the David Davis Mansion. Activities include the reading of original poems about the barn quilts, composed by local poets; an auction of painted wooden quilt squares; country music; a barn dance; picnic-style foods; and more. The Barn Quilt Heritage Trail is a celebration of McLean County’s agricultural heritage, quilting, local history, and the arts. The BHQT in McLean County currently includes 31 area barns or other farm buildings, each decorated with an 8 x 8-foot quilt square painted on plywood and mounted on the building’s walls. Free; donations welcome. Visit the website at: www.mcleancountybarnquilts.com, or look for McLean County Barn Quilts on Facebook.

2014 Sponsors: University of Illinois Master Gardeners in McLean County, COUNTRY Financial, Illinois Farm Bureau, GROWMARK, Bloomington-Normal Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, Barn Keepers, Corn Belt Energy and David Davis Mansion Foundation.

Cruise-In at the Mansion

September 6

10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Anything is possible at this show, which features all types of wheeled vehicles. Free; donations welcome. Co-sponsored by: The Car Community Automobile Club and the David Davis Mansion Foundation.

A Bountiful Feast

November 8

9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

The servants are getting the Davis Mansion ready for guests while Bridget is busily preparing Thanksgiving dinner in the kitchen. Listen to the town gossip shared by Davis family members and friends while they feast upon a traditional meal of turkey, cranberry, and mincemeat pies in the dining room. Free; donations welcome. Sponsored by the David Davis Mansion Foundation.

Thanksgiving at Clover Lawn

November 1-23

9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Sarah Davis brought the traditional Thanksgiving celebration to Bloomington, and the tour features the bountiful foods, family celebrations and charitable customs that were popular during her New England childhood. Free; donations welcome. Sponsored by the David Davis Mansion Foundation.

Christmas at the Mansions

December 13

2 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Enjoy an evening tour of three “Gilded-Age” mansions elegantly decorated in the holiday finery of yesteryear: The David Davis Mansion, Ewing Manor and a “Mystery Mansion.” Costumed guides, period music, and seasonal refreshments are featured. Ticket price includes shuttle bus service to all 3 sites: $12/person in advance; $15/person the day of the event. 2014 Sponsors: to be determined.

Christmas at Clover Lawn

November 28 - December 31

9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Create holiday memories with your family by visiting the David Davis Mansion, all decked out for the holidays. Antique dolls and toys, spectacular evergreens, more than 18 decorated trees, and hundreds of 19th-century paper and glass ornaments turn the house and grounds into a Yuletide wonderland. Dining tables set with period silver and china, and platters of chocolate cockroaches and peppermint pigs, complete the fanciful Victorian setting. Visit the magical “Creature-Christmas” room, featuring hands-on activities for children. Free; donations welcome.

Watch for more details on these events as they get nearer. For more information, contact the David Davis Mansion at (309) 828-1084.

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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