Costumed storytellers will portray Irish servants
who worked for the Davis family at their Victorian mansion. Visitors
can talk with the servants rushing to complete their chores and then
hear what the Davis family members have to say about the staff.
The free, family-friendly “Upstairs/Downstairs at Bloomington’s
Downton Abbey” event runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, March 18.
Meet characters like Bridget, the cook, who occupies a special
position in the household because she’s an expert with the Magee
Range. She will give the stove a workout as she describes how she
prepares food and determines how many pieces of coal it takes to
bake a cake. Visitors should be careful or they might wind up
helping with the chores!
The David Davis Mansion was built in 1872 for U.S. Supreme Court
Justice David Davis and his wife, Sarah. Davis, who also served in
the U.S. Senate, was a friend and politically ally to Abraham
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The mansion is open Wednesday through Saturday for free public tours, and is
located at 1000 Monroe Drive in Bloomington. For more information, call (309)
828-1084 or visit
The site is operated by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency. IHPA protects
the state’s historic resources, which contribute to education, culture and the
economy. IHPA sites include ancient burial mounds, forts and buildings erected
by settlers, and homes connected to famous Illinoisans.
Director of Communications and Public Affairs
Illinois Historic Preservation Agency]