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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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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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Bloomington, Illinois
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8 reviews 8 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2012

Take a tour of the mansion, grounds, and Sarah's garden. It's a beautiful place to experience Victorian life. I was surprised to learn how Mr. Davis helped Mr. Lincoln. The tour guides are informative. The garden is restored with heirloom plants, including nearly two dozen original plants! They have a special Christmas tour, some include nearby mansions. First floor accessible.... More

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2012

Interested in old buildings of yesteryear? This is a great place to come. Be aware however that no photographs are taken inside. A good part of history and the guide was very knowledgeable. A nice hour and 1/2 spent looking at the past. Great displays.

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Bloomington, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2012

This is the beautifully preserved home of Judge David Davis whi=o was a close friend of Abraham Lincoln. The home and grounds are beautiful, especially during the Christmastime tour of local homes.

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Peoria Heights, Illinois
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2012

This is a very beautiful restored home form history. I ent many years ago as a Girl Scout, and even the I apperciated the beauty and history of this house. I would not recommend taking young chlidren though, they may not get anything out of the experience.

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El Paso, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2012

Had a "Titanic Tea" at the Mansion. The food was delicious, the program informative (I learned a lot I never knew about the Titanic and people who traveled on it), and the tour of the mansion afterwards was also informative. Lovely, well maintained historic building.

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Bloomington, Illinois
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3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2012

So much of what you see is original and everything else is at least period. It's interesting to view the priorities of a succesful family of the 1870's. The docents know so much about the place. It's well worth a tour. There's a weird smell in the separate visitor center. I would like that remedied.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2012

I am awe-inspired everytime I drive by this majestic looking building. We like it for the looks, the history, and the fact that Honest Abe was a friend of Judge Davis.

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staunton
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2012

staff was very friendly. tour guides were well informed

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Bloomington, Illinois, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2012

Love the mansion, especially at Christmas time. The staff is awesome as well.

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