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David Davis Mansion

1000 Monroe Dr, Bloomington, Illinois 61701 USA

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“beautifully restored, nineteenth-century estate”

On a flat stretch of Illinois prairie—where Yankee pioneers forged their frontier fortunes and Route 66 later carved a path across the rural landscape—stands an elegant Victorian mansion and garden, completed in 1872 for David Davis and his wife, Sarah. The beautifully restored, nineteenth-century estate tells the story of Judge David Davis, whose influence on Abraham Lincoln's legal and political career was crucial to President Lincoln's success. Inside the Mansion, visitors will find a remarkable collection of mid-nineteenth-century decorative arts and technological conveniences, illustrating the life of a prosperous Victorian family. Outside, the garden features an unusual amount of original plant material, as well as the same design, pathways, and beds that Sarah Davis first gazed upon when the garden was created in 1872. It was a world where Mr. Lincoln moved comfortably, and the Davis Mansion is one of the best places to hear that part of the Lincoln story. From his earliest days riding the circuit with Abraham Lincoln to the years when he served as Lincoln's appointee to the highest court in the land, Judge Davis played out his life at the very center of American politics and society. His Bloomington home and garden remained in the Davis Family for three succeeding generations, providing a focal point for the social, cultural and political life of the community. In 1960, the house was donated to the State of Illinois; today, it is operated as a state historic site by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency. The site consists of a 36-room mansion, 1870s ornamental flower garden, and 5 outbuildings, situated on 4.1 acres in a residential area east of downtown Bloomington: a Wood house (1872), Barn/stable (1856), Carriage Barn (1868), Foaling Shed (1872) and Garage (1910).

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Damian P.

Definitely worth the $5 donation fee, but they earned the $20 I dropped in their box. This mansion should remind us all the importance of what the past truly is and should be. Three generations of... Read more

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John M.

It's is a wonderful place to visit in Bloomington/Normal. The home of David Davis, Supreme Court Justice nominated by Abraham Lincoln. The property includes the actual garden planted by Sarah... Read more

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Aaron W.

Today my in-laws and I went and toured the mansion. It was a great afternoon tour! We started with a 20 minute historical video and then we were met with a very friendly and informative docent,... Read more

David Davis Mansion

1000 Monroe Dr
Bloomington, Illinois
61701 USA
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