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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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Clover Lawn

Clover Lawn AKA the David Davis Mansion State Historic Site is the Victorian home of David Davis. While I'll admit that I knew very little of him before the tour, the tour docent... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 16, 2015
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Hillsborough, North Carolina
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Hillsborough, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Clover Lawn AKA the David Davis Mansion State Historic Site is the Victorian home of David Davis. While I'll admit that I knew very little of him before the tour, the tour docent was very informative. For instance: he was a lawyer, Abraham Lincoln's campaign manager, a US Senator, and a Supreme Court Justice. Touring the house itself was like... More 

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Bloomington, Illinois, Usa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Beautiful home, hand painted ceilings, hand carved woodwork. Local landmark, you have to go a couple times a year. Fall when leaves are changing and Christmas when they have the house decorated.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

I thoroughly enjoyed the David Davis mansion. I love to study Lincoln in history and David Davis was such an important part of Abraham Lincoln's life from his early days on the circuit to the Republican convention where Davis was an important member of Lincoln's supporters that energetically forced his nomination. The house has been beautifully preserved so enjoy this... More 

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Bloomington, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

David Davis helped to install Abraham Lincoln in the White House, and the mansion, though not original to Lincoln's time, is one of the biggest and best in the area. Pay special attention to the area in the outbuilding where you assemble for the tour. It's the only place where Abe Lincoln would have been, as it's the converted stables... More 

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Burlington, Iowa, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

We always end up touring old historic homes on our vacations. This one was one of the best. A very informative video about the background of the family followed by the tour. There is a lot of original items still in the home and it is in great condition.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

The mansion is beautiful. It has been restored with as many original artifacts as possible. We were told that the same carpet pattern was purchased from the same company as when the house was built. So much rich detail. It looks like the Davis family simply stepped out of the room while we looked around. We went back again for... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

This house museum is a beautiful 19th-century mansion. The furnishings and decorative arts are worth a trip. The role that Judge Davis played in Lincoln's career and that Sarah played in the life of the community add to the interest. Be sure to check out Sarah's Garden, which includes a number of original and restored plantings. The museum hosts are... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

I have been to the Mansion several times over my lifetime. The interior is lovely and demonstrates how the landed gentry lived during the 1800s. Definitely worth a visit!

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Bloomington, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

The mansion and the history of the family that built it and their connection to Abraham Lincoln is amazing. They also have different tour for Christmas with all the decorations and traditions of its time.

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Bloomington, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

This is an absolute beautiful home and a wonderful piece of history. I really enjoy the tours here and learning so much about David Davis. I enjoy walking around the home especially in the garden. The mansion is so beautiful when it is decorated for Christmas! However, every time I go for a tour, the tour guides provided are very... More 

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