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David Davis Mansion State Historic Site

Address: 1000 Monroe Dr, Bloomington, IL 61701
Phone Number: (309) 828-1084
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
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Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
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Wed - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Bloomington
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

Great historic mansion to visit. We usually go on the 1st Friday in August when they have the McLean County Antique Auto Club which brings antique cars and food items for purchase. The mansion has special showings for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

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Le Roy, Illinois
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5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

this impressive manor is worth your time. a serious piece of american history in central illinois. summer is great to see the gardens - watch for the car show. winter is showcased with vintage holiday decor.

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Dexter, Michigan
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14 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

What a gem! We had a couple of hours to kill on our recent visit to Bloomington, IL. Thank goodness for Tripadvisor! I quickly found the David Davis historical mansion as a top site to see. Beautifully maintained snapshot into the life and times in Abe Lincoln's era. You rarely get such an "up close and personal" type of tour.... More 

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Bloomington, Illinois
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23 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Beautifully maintained mansion filled with original furniture and family materials. Gives a good snapshot of high Victorian living. Be sure to look carefully when you get to the library -- there are several original large John Wesley Powell photographs from his famous Grand Canyon explorations -- David Davis was a one of Powell's patrons -- wonderful photos in an unexpected... More 

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Augusta, GA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

David Davis was responsible for Lincoln winning the presidency. He was a lawyer and succeeded to the Supreme Court. His wife held down the fort for much of the time while he was in Washington and was responsible for the finish out of the house and redecorating from time to time. It's an interesting tour, and our guide was very... More 

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Huron, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

I went to visit David Davis Mansion to see the garden. It is called Sarah's Garden after David's wife. It was not a matter of the size of the garden but the history that I found incredible. I walked up wanting to just wonder through the garden, not interested in the history of it and left almost two hours later... More 

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Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Take the tour walk the grounds and tour the garden, you will be glad you did. The docent does a very good job explaining the mansion and it's history. This is a historic site during the time of President Lincoln. Very well maintained.

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Bloomington, Illinois, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

The home is nicely maintained and I love knowing that I was walking the same hallways as Abraham Lincoln did when visiting the Davis'. This was actually my third visit to the home in two years and always learn something new on each visit.

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Bloomington, Illinois
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18 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

The David Davis is a great family day out. You start a tour with an interesting little history video in one of the rustic it buildings abd then proceed with the very in character staff into the house itself. The house is lovely and you see something new every time you visit. The mansion also participates in the Christmas at... More 

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Bloomington, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

We've gone to the Davis mansion for years, and it's always a treat. For those who don't know, Judge David Davis was a friend of Abraham Lincoln, whom he came to know during Lincoln's frequent visits to Bloomington as a circuit court lawyer. The mansion was built after Lincoln's death, but serves as a window into life in the late... More 

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