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Review of David Davis Mansion State Historic Site

David Davis Mansion State Historic Site
1000 Monroe Dr, Bloomington, IL 61701
+1 309-828-1084
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Ranked #2 of 28 things to do in Bloomington
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Normal, Illinois
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55 reviews 55 reviews
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45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
“Nice visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2013

small fee but worth the money. Well furnished and restored home. usually decorated for holidays. small walk through garden and stables.

Visited July 2012
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Little Rock, Arkansas
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“Beautiful home, worth touring”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

We enjoyed our tour of the David Davis Mansion. We parked just past the gardens to the right of the house, and then had to walk all of the way back to the front gate to the visitor's center. If you have family members who can't walk very far, be sure to drop them at the visitor's center before you park the car. We were warmly greeted. The introductory film was very interesting and educational and gave us good background information that enhanced our tour of the house. Our docent, Linda, did an excellent job of showing the house to us. She carried a notebook that contained the facts about the house and the family and referred to it occasionally in response to our questions. I appreciated that she was committed to getting the facts straight. The tour ends at a fairly tacky gift shop, but there might have been some gems there that I just missed. There is an outbuilding that chronicles Abraham Lincoln's work as a circuit judge. We stumbled on it by accident, but it was well worth seeing.

Visited May 2013
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Hot Springs Village, Arkansas
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365 helpful votes 365 helpful votes
“Impressive Historic Landmark”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

This place caught me by surprise. It is a truly beautiful mansion and the grounds are just really a treat. It also amazed me that the grounds are kept up by volunteers. I haven't seen the Christmas lights but since my wife's sister lives in Normal, we will have to make a trip there during the Christmas season. We've driven by several times but we finally decided to stop in and it was well worth the time. They suggest a donation and we thought it very reasonable, but we did exceed it because we felt it was for a very worthy cause to keep this place up. If you are in the area, you need to take the time to see this place.

Visited June 2012
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Chicago, Illinois
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“A must see”
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.

Visited March 2013
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Champaign, Illinois
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“Great example of earlier living”
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.

Visited October 2012
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