BOOK HISTORY | The Laynes from Westchester, IL

This spring, the Laynes took a quick 2 hour drive from Westchester, IL in the Chicago suburbs to celebrate their daughter’s graduation from Illinois State University. Staying in Letitia’s Suite on the 2nd floor, they had the perfect home base as they honored their daughter and her amazing accomplishment!

Read more below about the Laynes’ experience and the memories they made, and view Letitia’s Suite in more detail.

Whether you’re celebrating a graduation or looking for a unique date night or anniversary, choose to celebrate in mansion and stay overnight in one of our 7 suites with private bathrooms. Plus, gourmet breakfast is always included for our overnight guests (and your honored graduate can join you for breakfast. Our gift to you.)

Let life’s milestone moments bring you to Vrooman Mansion, like it did for the Laynes and make plans to book history for yourself.

Guest Review from Westchester, Illinois

April 24, 2021

Many thanks for a relaxing & beautiful night here at this historic place.

We were here celebrating our eldest daughter’s college graduation from Illinois State University. Everything about this weekend will remain in our hearts and minds for years to come.

Glad we made the decision to stay here. Peaceful, quiet, comfortable & happy.

Thank you- you all are doing a marvelous job caring for everything here. No small task- but you’re doing so well!

The Laynes



Letitia’s Suite

On the second floor of Vrooman Mansion, down the hallway is the two-room Letitia’s Suite. With a queen-sized bed, adjacent sitting room with a pull-out couch, a gorgeous antique dresser and luxurious purple accents, this may quickly become your favorite room.

All rooms in the mansion have free WiFi and convenient plugs near the bedside, so while you get you enjoy the vintage glamour during your stay, you also have the modern conveniences you need.



Who was Letitia?

Julia Scott Green and her husband were the first to live in Vrooman Mansion after construction was complete in 1869. Letitia’s Suite is named after Letitia Green Stevenson, who was the sister of Julia Scott Green.

Julia and her husband had a daughter (who they also named Julia). Young Julia later married Carl Vrooman, and the mansion and bed and breakfast is named after both of them today.

Letitia married Adlai Stevenson I, who also happened to walk young Julia down the aisle on her wedding day. Each room at the mansion has so much history to discover and explore! Learn more about Letitia from the McLean County Museum of History, and book your stay to explore the room and the mansion for yourself.



Private Bath & Walk In Shower

Each suite in the mansion has its own private bath, however Letitia’s Suite has one of the most luxurious walk-in showers with tile and multiple shower heads. Every suite has a different and unique bathroom set up. Some have walk-in showers, others have antique tubs, and some have tub & shower combinations.

Be sure to look at the details online before you book so you can find the setup that best suits your personal tastes and preferences while traveling. 



All bathrooms have the amenities you need during your overnight stay, including a hair dryer, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, lotion and locally made organic hand soap and lip balm from Wright Family Products.



Private Sitting Room in Letitia’s Suite

The adjacent sitting room is for Letitia’s Suite guests only with a queen-size pull-out couch and a television inside the armoire. This is the perfect suite for those with an additional guest or for those who just want a little more space to themselves.


There are five suites in the Mansion and two in the Carriage House, which makes us the perfect properly for family and friends to travel together and stay local when visiting students at ISU and IWU. Check availability for your upcoming trip.

Vrooman Mansion and ISU

Julia and Carl Vrooman were supporters of the local community through a variety of philanthropic efforts, including donations to Illinois State University. If you’ve ever been to Manchester or Hewitt Hall on College Avenue, then you likely entered through the Vrooman Center. Originally opened as a dining hall in 1966, the Vrooman Center was later repurposed as an area for tutoring and academic advising, retaining Julia’s name in her honor.

You can learn more about the Vroomans and ISU through this article in the Vidette and the McLean County Museum of History.

2022 & 2023 ISU and IWU Commencement Dates

Invite family and friends to join you for the celebration, and have them stay with us… at Bloomington-Normal’s only true bed and breakfast. All overnight guests have gourmet breakfast included, and your graduate can join you for breakfast for free. Just let us know when you book your stay!

excerpt from an antique book in our 2nd floor library

Book Your Overnight Stay

Vrooman Mansion is a bed, breakfast and special events venue in Bloomington, IL roughly 2 hours south of Westchester, Illinois and most Chicago suburbs.

Built in 1869, we blend vintage elements with modern amenities to give you a vibrant backdrop for the next chapter in your own story.

Check our availability and book your stay.

Make history.

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