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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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Wed - Sat 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

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A must see

A stunning mansion and excellent tour. Gives you a glimpse as to how a successful politician lived at the time. The suggested donation was very affordable.

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 7, 2013
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Chicago, Illinois
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2013

A stunning mansion and excellent tour. Gives you a glimpse as to how a successful politician lived at the time. The suggested donation was very affordable.

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Champaign, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2013

We had a great tour of this amazing building. So interesting how the ceilings were painted, how the kitchen was equipped, and stories behind so many of the features. The gardens when in season are marvelous, all brought back to flowers of the day, and now maintained by volunteers.

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Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

This is a nice place for history buffs to visit or people interested in old homes. I believe at Christmas it is one of the best times to go as it is decorated in Christmas motif.

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Normal, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

It is well worth seeing and hearing a lot about David Davis. This guy not only was Lincoln law partner, but appointed to the Supreme court.

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2013

Lincoln-era mansion decorated in period style. Docents do walking tours for a nominal donation. Especially pretty at holiday season with many trees decorated in Victorian manner. The kitchen is the high point!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2012

We have visited several mansion across the US and even though the Davis Mansion could not compare to the Mansion in Newport - Davis is an excellent example of victorian living. The cost is only $4 for adults and the tour last about a hour. Worth the visit.

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Thermopolis, Wyoming
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2012

This mansion is just as David and Sarah left it to their son Perrin Davis in 1886. The mansion staff provide true historical interpretations including the history of Lincoln and Davis relationship among others, and the holiday decorations/presentations are the best anywhere!

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Pekin, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2012

The house tour is very informative, being the former home of a U. S. Supreme Court Justice and colleague of A. Lincoln. They have a nice garden.

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Morton Illinois USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2012

My wife is a history nut. She loved the house and the tour guide who knew so much of the history of the house and family.

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Bloomington, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2012

This is a must see attraction, especially if you like history. This is the home of Judge David Davis, who was a close friend and supporter of Abraham Lincoln. The house and grounds are absolutely stunning especially if you go during Christmas season when the house is all decorated! Going through the house, you will learn so much about the... More 

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