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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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Bloomington, Illinois
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36 reviews 36 reviews
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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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12 attraction reviews
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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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77 reviews 77 reviews
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43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
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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