Missing 'Downton Abbey'? Try David Davis

Jeff Saulsbery
Missing 'Downton Abbey'? Try David Davis
BLOOMINGTON, IL – Anyone who misses the behind-the-scenes intrigue of “Downton Abbey” will want to visit the David Davis Mansion State Historic Site in Bloomington on Saturday, March 17 for a look at the lives of household servants and their employers.

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. on March 17.

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.

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 political ally to Abraham Lincoln. 

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 www.daviddavismansion.org. The site is operated by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

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