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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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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 31, 2015
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Chicago, Illinois
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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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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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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
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8 helpful votes 8 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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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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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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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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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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