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David Davis Mansion State Historic Site

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Address: 1000 Monroe Dr, Bloomington, IL 61701
Phone Number: +1 309-828-1084
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Worth the first trip; you'll be back repeatedly!

This civil war era home is displayed in pristine, original condition. Well informed docents take visitors back in time while relating social and historical perspectives to modern... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

This civil war era home is displayed in pristine, original condition. Well informed docents take visitors back in time while relating social and historical perspectives to modern times. You'll be informed, amazed by what you see, and warmed by the hospitality. From kiddos to grandparents, this is a site well worth your time. An hour from Springfield makes this location... More 

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Fishers, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 NEW

I grew up in Normal, IL, with parents who were active volunteers here. My sisters and I spent a lot of time at events and often went with my mom to take tours or visit with other volunteers. I love the little details scattered about the house (exposed wallpaper, smells of food cooking, things on the tables) and the tour... More 

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Joliet, Illinois, United States
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015 NEW

This was a surprise to me, I am a history buff and had never heard of David Davis and his national and state presence. The house was state of the art in 1870 and rivals the Biltmore on adminaties. The volunteer staff really love this home and it shows when they give tours the little details that bring the family... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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29 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

David Davids Mansion is beautifully restored. Remarkable collection of mid-nineteenth century decorative arts. Story of Judge David Davids, whose influence on Abraham Lincoln's legal and political career was crucial to President Lincoln success. The tour guide was wonderful. Tours are available Wed. through Sat. from 9 a.m to 5 p.m. Suggested donation: Adults $4, children &2 Bathroom is only in... More 

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Bloomington-Normal, Illinois
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74 reviews 74 reviews
19 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

In the last month we have been to the mansion twice. One was in honor of Abraham Lincoln, the other was over St. Patrick's Day Weekend. Both times gave interesting views of the mansion and incredible history as to what the times would have been like. The tours are very well done. The mansion itself is architecturally a work to... More 

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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27 attraction reviews
199 helpful votes 199 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

Probably not as famous as Lincoln, his mentor Judge David Davis also owns a place of pride in American history. This prim and prime place tells amusing and little known stories of their friendship You feel as if you have been transported to the Victorian era. Quite an experience and well maintained too.

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Austin, Texas
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33 reviews 33 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

An interesting trip through an old fashioned, advanced for the time home. The grounds are well kept, and the house is worth taking a look if you are into antiques, history, or architecture.

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Waukegan
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

I love learning about history and try to soak up everything I read or see. My wife had heard about the David Davis Mansion and that she wanted to visit it. Well I didn't know anything about him so I chalked it up as just another place my wife wanted to drag me off to. Then she told me he... More 

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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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6 reviews 6 reviews
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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