New Christmas event added at David Davis Mansion
initial tour sells out, Davis Mansion joins Ewing Manor to host
additional holiday tour Dec. 19
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[December 14, 2013]
BLOOMINGTON — The David Davis
Mansion State Historic Site and Bloomington's only "castle" are
offering a special holiday tour on Dec. 19. This tour was added
after tickets for a three-home tour this weekend completely sold
The David Davis Mansion and Ewing Manor, along with a "mystery"
mansion, are part of a three-home tour on Saturday. Tickets for that
event were snapped up quickly, so organizers arranged the additional
The special tour showcases two of Bloomington-Normal's most
spectacular homes. On Thursday, visitors may tour the David Davis
Mansion from 1 to 5 p.m. and then tour Ewing Manor from 5 to 8 p.m.
No tickets are necessary. The suggested donation is $10 per person.
Proceeds from the event will support educational programming and
historic preservation of the two homes.
The Davis family's dining room tree will be covered with the same
kind of rare, German-made ornaments featured on "Downton Abbey"
during Christmas episodes of the hit PBS series.
The David Davis Mansion is a 36-room, late-Victorian home built
by David Davis, a Supreme Court justice and Abraham Lincoln adviser.
The home was finished in 1872.
Ewing Manor was built some 50 years later by businessman Davis
Ewing and his wife, Hazle. It's designed in the Channel-Norman style
that resembles French and English architecture of 1,000 years ago.
The Ewings' private bedrooms and office have been completely
restored and will be shown to the public for the first time. Oil
portraits of Hazle Buck Ewing and her mother will also be on exhibit
for the first time.
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Visitors may begin their tour on Thursday by parking at the David
Davis Mansion State Historic Site, 1000 Monroe Drive. After touring
the Davis Mansion, visitors can drive to Ewing Manor and may park
across from there in the St. John's Lutheran Church lot, 1617 E.
Emerson St. Maps directing visitors to Ewing Manor will be available
at the Davis Mansion.
For more information, call the David Davis Mansion, 309-828-1084,
www.daviddavismansion.org. David Davis Mansion can also be found
The Davis Mansion, at 1000 Monroe Drive in Bloomington, is
operated by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency. Regular tours
are offered for free Wednesday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The site will be closed Dec. 25 for Christmas. A donation of $4 for
adults and $2 for children is suggested to keep the Davis Mansion
and other Illinois historic sites open to the public.
[Text from file received from the
Illinois Historic Preservation Agency]