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David Davis Mansion 2014 Calendar of Events

Watch for information on all upcoming events!

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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