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Tour Information and Visitor Services

Docents use artifacts and stories about the Davis family to interpret the rich social and cultural history of America's western frontier from the 1850s through the 1880s. Specific themes include servant life, domestic life and technology at the dawn of the industrial age, family history (with a focus on children), and Victorian architecture. The mansion is a precursor of the modern homes and comfort systems that we take for granted today, and is an impressive reminder of the important role that Illinois played in the nation's history when Abraham Lincoln was President. The tour gives human shape and drama to the technological, architectural, cultural, social and aesthetic history of the Gilded Age.

Non-costumed guides conduct interpretive tours between 9:00 a.m. and 4 p.m., Wednesday-Saturday. Each tour lasts approximately 45 minutes. A seventeen-minute video is shown prior to each tour (recommended for children 4th grade and up and adults). Reservations are required for groups of ten or more.

  • Tours begin in the Visitor Center.
  • Public restrooms are available in the building north of the barn/stable, and in the Visitor Center.
  • Free parking on site.
  • The following are accessible to persons with disabilities:
    • Public restrooms
    • First floor of Mansion
    • Visitor Center

Donations: Regular Tours are free, but a donation of $4/adult and $2/child is suggested.

Special Tours (fees required)

Motor coach groups, clubs, businesses and organizations may reserve the David Davis Mansion for special tours and events when the mansion is otherwise closed. See Catered Meetings & Events for more detailed information. The Visitor Center and first floor of the Mansion are accessible to persons with disabilities. Reservations and payment of a fee are required.

Please notify the mansion staff at least 48 hours in advance if there are any major changes in the size of the group. To cancel your group tour, please call (309) 828-1084 at least 48 hours in advance of the scheduled tour.

Special Tours Fee Schedule: $5 per person, $100 minimum.

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