It can be a weekend of Victorian mansions and charm. Enjoy the Glorious Garden Festival in Bloomington, IL, starting at David Davis Mansion, June 21-22 and enjoy a glorious stay at Vrooman Mansion bed and breakfast.
David Davis Mansion is a State Historic site, as part of Abraham Lincoln’s story as well as Davis’ own accomplishments. Davis was a friend and adviser to Abraham Lincoln from his time in Springfield through his time in Washington. For this event, however, Sarah’s Garden is the star of the show. In its own regard, it is a nationally recognized part of history and the main feature of a tour of multiple private gardens.
The garden is as Davis’ wife Sarah designed it in 1872, not relocated, not re-created. Not only does it boast the same location, and many of the original pathways and beds, but several of the plants date back to the original. Gardeners and historians are working to restore all of the 120 plants known to have been in the garden during Sarah Davis’ tenor back to the grounds; at least 70 can be found presently.
Those 120 plant varieties in Sarah’s garden were from various places, including the area woods, her Massachusetts’ home, Jefferson’s Monticello, and neighbors. It is absolutely possible that some of Sarah’s flowers came from Vrooman’s gardens and woods as the two were neighbors. Sarah and the first Julia, Julia Scott, were contemporaries.
Victorian bed and breakfast
Enjoy the Garden Walk as part of the festival and the museum as well. Then come live a weekend in Victorian splendor. See the technologies Julia and Sarah marveled over in the 18th century, but appreciate the amenities of today next to the elegance of yesterday. The rooms are antique-appointed, often with items original to the mansion.
Throughout the mansion, guests will see the attention to detail and the authentic décor. But it’s a home where you’re invited to relax and explore in the common areas, including a parlor, library, patio, and several nooks. Take advantage of outdoor lounging space as well.
Explore Bloomington, too
Come and go as you please—no ticket required. Explore fun downtown Bloomington, brimming with restaurants and shops and the premier Route 66 visitor’s center. Surprisingly, there’s always something going on in Bloomington, from theater to bowling. Before heading downtown or to Sarah’s Garden, join us for a mouth-watering, gourmet breakfast in the same room where historic dignitaries also have dined. A stay at Vrooman Mansion is a perfect complement to the Garden Festival, a perfect getaway any time. Book your suite now.