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David Davis Mansion State Historic Site

1000 Monroe Dr, Bloomington, IL 61701
(309) 828-1084
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Bloomington, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

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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Georgetown, Malaysia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

I was here Feb 5th, 2014. It was winter and there's a lot of snow. So I'm the only one visiting this mansion. The tour start with video presentation about the mansion and why it was built. It talks about the David Davis family history and also the link to Abraham Lincoln. After the video, I'm taken to the mansion... More

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Bloomington, IL
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

This is such an amazing home for it's time! Much unlike Lincoln's modest home in Springfield, this boasts many luxuries far beyond it's time. The home and it's grounds are beautifully maintained and truly take you back while visiting them. On a downside, it is not very child friendly. We've taken our children, but have to carry them through nearly... More

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Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014

We went there the day after Christmas. The house was all decorated for Christmas. There was a little girl in the other group and they gave her a book to find different things that were decorated in the house. We have been there before but it is always fun to go back.

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West Bend, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2013

What a treat for the Christmas season. Every room was decked out in period decorations. The tour guide was so welcoming and knowledgeable about the every day life of the Davis family. Not only that but she went out of her way to make a family with young children involved with the tour by having them look for different items... More

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eureka, il
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

We toured this mansion during Christmastime and it is wonderful! They have carols playing, cookies baking in the kitchen, live musicians playing in each room, etc. It is a warm place that has alot of history and very interesting narrators in the tour. Well worth the small amount asked for during Christmas!

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Wheaton, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013

This was the home of a justice appointed by A. Lincoln. It was built around 1870 and the architecture is beautiful.. They also have some smaller buildings and a garden. In the summer you should be able to visit inside; in the winter season it might not be open for tours; but if it is you can walk around the... More

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Normal, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

When they run a civil war re-enactment, this is the best time to visit the mansion of the former Supreme Court Justice and Abe Lincolns law partner and friend. It will be an entire afternoon of activities and don't worry food is available. You will feel like you have gone back to the Civil War days.

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Bloomington, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013

They have a special tour of older homes around Christmas that is organized and begins and ends at the David Davis home. There are guided tours in all the homes with lots of history. It has quite a lot of town & Illinois history connected to it. Definitely worth seeing. There was a small nominal fee for the Christmas tour... More

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