David Davis Mansion 2014 Calendar of Events
Watch for information on all upcoming events!
MR. LINCOLN’S 205th BIRTHDAY
February 8, 2014
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Who was Old Buck? Why was Abe Lincoln’s sense of humor so important? And what role did Lincoln’s hat play in promoting his political fortunes? Visitors will discover the answers to these and other intriguing questions when they celebrate Abraham Lincoln’s 205th birthday at the David Davis Mansion on Saturday, February 8, 2014, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Children and their families are invited to celebrate the sixteenth President’s birthday at the home of his close friend and political ally, Judge David Davis. Through tall tales and amusing stories, visitors will learn about Abe’s life and the special relationship between Lincoln and Davis—two of Illinois’ most important citizens in their day.
Tours will last one-half hour and will begin in the Visitor Center. Mr. Lincoln, portrayed by Randy Duncan, will reminisce with visitors about his activities on the Circuit and during the Civil War. At the end of each tour, the President’s birthday cake will be served.
The David Davis Mansion State Historic Site, administered by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, was built in 1872 for U.S. Supreme Court Justice David Davis and his wife, Sarah. It is open Wednesday through Sunday, 9 a.m.- 4p.m., for free public tours, and is located at 1000 Monroe Drive in Bloomington, IL. For further information, contact (309) 828-1084.
Forget Downton Abbey – try the David Davis Mansion for a bit o’ Irish!
March 15, 2014
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Cooking and Cleaning for St. Patrick’s Day March 15 features the lives of servants in a Victorian mansion!
It will be a slice of Downton Abbey in central Illinois as the 1870s Irish servants at the David Davis Mansion State Historic Site in Bloomington clean and prepare the home for St. Patrick’s Day on Saturday, March 15.
“Upstairs/Downstairs at Bloomington’s Downton Abbey” will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 15. This family friendly event offers a hands-on experience for children and adults. Costumed storytellers will portray Irish servants who worked for the David Davis family at their 1870s Victorian mansion. Visitors may talk with the servants as they rush to complete their chores on a typically busy St. Patrick’s Day, and then hear what the Davis family members have to say about their efforts.
Bridget, the cook, occupies a special position in the household because she’s an expert with the Magee Range. She will give the cook stove a workout as she describes how she prepares food for the family and servants, and determines how many pieces of coal it takes to bake a cake. Guests are advised to use caution, or they may wind up helping with the chores before their visit is over!
Visitors will also have a chance to sample authentic Irish recipes at the Visitor Center, where tours begin.
The David Davis Mansion State Historic Site, administered by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, was built in 1872 for U.S. Supreme Court Justice David Davis and his wife, Sarah. It is open Wednesday through Sunday, 9 a.m.– 4 p.m. for free public tours, and is located at 1000 Monroe Drive in Bloomington. For more information, call (309) 828-1084.
Champagne British Car Show
Glorious Garden Festival
Tails and Paws Cruise-in for Shelter Pets
Civil War Days
Antique Auto Exhibit
All Vehicle Show
A Bountiful Feast
Christmas at the Mansions
Christmas at Clover Lawn
November 28-December 31
Prologue to Presidency: Abraham Lincoln on the Illinois Eighth Judicial Circuit
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