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“Great historical mansion” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of David Davis Mansion State Historic Site

David Davis Mansion State Historic Site
Ranked #1 of 33 things to do in Bloomington
Certificate of Excellence
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24 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Great historical mansion”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2013

A beautiful historical mansion in Bloomington/Normal with lots of special events. I would recommend a visit during the Christmas season when you can see just how the Victorian's decorated for Christmas. A magical time for the whole family. I'd also recommend the Garden walk that happens every June.

Visited September 2012
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English first
Bloomington, Illinois
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18 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Historically accurate reflection in time.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2013 via mobile

I have visited numerous times and enjoyed each time. The home is decorated in the traditional period Christmas motif in December, making this visit extra special.

Visited December 2012
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Bloomington, Illinois
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128 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
“If you like Victorian era homes, don't miss this!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2013

I visited the David Davis Mansion during the Christmas holidays a few years ago. The entire home is decked out in period holiday decorations and is absolutely gorgeous! It is really something special and I highly recommend it. However, I don't think kids under 12 would be much interested in it, so best to leave the little ones at home.

Visited December 2012
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Herrin, Illinois, United States
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31 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Mansion on the Prairie”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 8, 2013

Having toured many southern plantation homes and many millionaire mansions, I didn't have high expectations for the David Davis Mansion - Davis was an early settler (early 1800s after Illinois became a state in 1818), attorney, and investor in the development of Bloomington. He later became a Supreme Court Justice. His home is outstanding, filled with interesting memorabilia, exquisite design features and lots of history. It easily competes with other homes I've toured. Sarah's garden is maintained by the local Master Gardener group and is as true to the original as it could be.

Visited July 2013
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Pontiac, Illinois
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20 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“St. Patricks Day Tour”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 26, 2013

Tour was very interesting - from the Irish servants point of view - my kids paid attention the entire time and loved the corned beef as a bonus at the end.

Visited March 2013
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Thank Lisa M
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