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“Victorian Christmas at the David Davis 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
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West Bend, Wisconsin
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42 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Victorian Christmas at the David Davis Mansion”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 9, 2013

What a treat for the Christmas season. Every room was decked out in period decorations. The tour guide was so welcoming and knowledgeable about the every day life of the Davis family. Not only that but she went out of her way to make a family with young children involved with the tour by having them look for different items such as the pickle in each tree. You really felt as if you had stepped back in time. A marvelous architecture with all the modern conveniences available at that time. Donation is the only thing they ask. The tour begins at the Visitor Center where they show you a slide show of the family, the time period and the relationship between Davis and Lincoln. If you like history this is a must see.

Visited December 2013
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eureka, il
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242 reviews
64 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
“Christmas is a wonderful time to tour!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2013

We toured this mansion during Christmastime and it is wonderful! They have carols playing, cookies baking in the kitchen, live musicians playing in each room, etc. It is a warm place that has alot of history and very interesting narrators in the tour. Well worth the small amount asked for during Christmas!

Visited December 2012
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Wheaton, Illinois
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118 reviews
61 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Justice appointed by A. Lincolyn--beautiful property from 19th century”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2013

This was the home of a justice appointed by A. Lincoln. It was built around 1870 and the architecture is beautiful.. They also have some smaller buildings and a garden. In the summer you should be able to visit inside; in the winter season it might not be open for tours; but if it is you can walk around the property. Bring your camera as this is a magnificent mansion!

Visited October 2013
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Normal, Illinois
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45 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Civil War Days are the Best Times”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2013

When they run a civil war re-enactment, this is the best time to visit the mansion of the former Supreme Court Justice and Abe Lincolns law partner and friend. It will be an entire afternoon of activities and don't worry food is available. You will feel like you have gone back to the Civil War days.

Visited July 2013
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Bloomington, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“A Holiday Treat”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2013

They have a special tour of older homes around Christmas that is organized and begins and ends at the David Davis home. There are guided tours in all the homes with lots of history. It has quite a lot of town & Illinois history connected to it. Definitely worth seeing. There was a small nominal fee for the Christmas tour of homes to cover the shuttle buses.

Visited December 2012
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