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David Davis Mansion State Historic Site

1000 Monroe Dr, Bloomington, IL 61701
(309) 828-1084
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites
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Augusta, GA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

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 NEW

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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9 reviews 9 reviews
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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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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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chicago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

stumbled across this museum from a trip to bloomington for weekend. it's a significant story in the role of the state and lincoln yet not well known. we went on a late afternoon and were given a great personal tour that was free (but donations accepted). there an introductory video that helps with context. and the house itself is very... More

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

In the style of the Addams Family home, this high Victorian home is a stunning place to visit. I had a great tour guide and found it all fascinating. A definite Bloomington-Normal must do!

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Bloomington, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Bloomington-Normal is a fine community with good people, good schools and a few good restaurants. However, there aren't many things to distinguish it from many equally nice towns. The David Davis Mansion could be the single exception. While it may seem like other Victorian era houses throughout the Midwest that display history in the context of a prominent local citizen,... More

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Plainfield, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

I spent an hour here in February 2014 just walking the grounds taking pictures of this beautiful Victorian mansion and its surrounding buildings. With the house and its several out buildings, it's like stepping back in time. Even if you only have an hour to spend and want to do something cool, check out this place. Walking around the outside... More

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