BOOK HISTORY | Steve & Tammy from Lincoln, Nebraska

Have you ever stayed at a mansion and had Abraham Lincoln show up?  

Steve and Tammy drove from Lincoln, Nebraska to conduct some family tree research in central Illinois, and discovered a “magical mansion” when they chose to stay overnight in the Julia Vrooman Suite. 

Imagine their surprise when they ran into two local actors who portray presidents Abraham Lincoln and Ulysses S Grant?! Literally the history of the mansion came to life as they shared a gourmet breakfast with the talented men. 

You never know what you’ll discover at Vrooman Mansion… about the mansion, previous guests, the community, and even your own history and relationship. 

Read more about Steve & Tammy’s experience below, view the Julia Vrooman Suite, then book your road trip (even if it’s just down the road), and stay in our vibrant and historic B&B. 

Make history.

From Lincoln, Nebraska to Lincoln Himself: A Surprising Stay at Vrooman Mansion

Guest Review from Steve & Tammy

A 7 hour drive from Lincoln, Nebraska brought Steve and Tammy back to the area to conduct family tree and genealogy research in central Illinois. They chose to stay in the Julia Vrooman Suite while they learned more about their own history.

handwritten journal on a marble top table with a beautiful blue room in the background

” Our second stay. Traveling from Lincoln, NE for family tree research in Tazwell, Logan, Woodford and McLean counties. Breakfasts outstanding, mansion magical. We met Abraham Lincoln and Ulysses S Grant in the lobby and then shared breakfast and history with them. Wonderful time!”

Steve & Tammy Russell

Hidden Gems at Vrooman Mansion: Our Stay in the Julia Vrooman Suite

The Julia Vrooman Suite is a popular choice due to its charming and graceful decor. The room features a queen-size bed, European carved furniture, and an ornamental fireplace. Decorated in shades of blue and gold, the room has a light and airy feel and offers a filtered view of the tree-lined street to maintain privacy. The modern attached private bathroom has a pull-chain toilet, a pedestal sink, and a cultured marble walk-in shower, making it ideal for anyone preferring a shower instead of a tub or tub/shower combination. The suite also overlooks the back lawn and garden, and guests can relax on the side porch to gaze outside or get lost in their own thoughts.

wide angle view of a queen bedroom suite with a vintage blue bedspread and rug, mirrored armoire and decorate fireplace.Additionally, the Julia Vrooman Suite provides specific amenities such as an antique mirrored armoire and dresser, antique reading chair and marble top tables, and a scenic view to the south and west. 

Conveniently located near the back staircase, the suite is an ideal retreat for anyone seeking a quiet and peaceful place to relax after exploring Bloomington, Illinois. Guests can also look forward to waking up to the smell of gourmet breakfasts served each morning.

History Comes to Life: Meeting Lincoln & Grant at Vrooman Mansion

While Steve and Tammy were staying at the mansion, we also had two other guests whose presence added to the unique memories they built during their stay! 

two actors portraying presidents Abraham Lincoln and Grant shake hands while sitting on a red velvet antique couch

Historically, US Presidents Abraham Lincoln and Ulysses S. Grant never stepped foot in the mansion. But during the Russells’ stay, we were thrilled to also have two nationally recognized historic interpreters, Mr. Dennis Boggs as Abraham Lincoln, and Dr. Curt Fields as Ulysses S. Grant stay at Vrooman Mansion. They were in the area in support of the Illinois Association of County Officials Fall Conference, which was held in McLean County for the first time.

Mr. Boggs and Dr. Fields shared their stories of Lincoln and Grant who rose to become American Icons. And we were lucky enough to have a photoshoot with them recreating famous photographs at various spots within and outside the mansion including at the spot of the Lincoln Oak.

two men portraying US presidents Lincoln and Grant stand in front of a built-in wall safe

Read more about the Presidential Connections at Vrooman Mansion and see even more amazing photos of these actors who so accurately portray two of our most honored US presidents. 

Gourmet Breakfast & Historic Charm: Why Vrooman Mansion is a Must-Visit

Steve and Tammy had the opportunity to share breakfast with Mr. Boggs and Dr. Fields in our historic dining room. Gourmet breakfast is included with every overnight stay and uses fresh ingredients perfect for the season. 

Breakfast service begins with a glass of juice accompanied by a piping hot beverage. Guests can choose from our specially blended coffee, one of our flavored hot cocoas, or one of our fine English teas. Enjoy a fresh seasonal fruit dish, and then we’ll present you with the hot entrée of the day.

And since we want to make sure every guest has a gourmet experience, let us know if you have any allergies or dietary restrictions. This will help us create something unique for you!

gourmet breakfast on white china is on an antique dining room table with tall windows in the background

Why Vrooman Mansion is the Perfect Weekend Getaway Destination

We are located in the heart of central Illinois, with convenient access from interstates I-55, I-74, and I-39, historic Route 66, Central Illinois Regional Airport and Synergy Flight Center.  

Once you’re here, take a 15-minute walk to downtown Bloomington, and add to your stay with locally owned restaurants, art galleries, intimate concert venues and the Route 66 Museum and Visitors Center

Our gourmet bed and breakfast built in 1869 is sure to add to your new memories together. Vintage glamour and modern amenities mean free WiFi, gourmet included breakfast, endlessly available free coffee and tea, and free snacks in any of our 7 luxury suites with private bathrooms. 

View our suites and their private bathrooms to find the perfect one for your preferences, check availability and book your stay. Breakfast is waiting.

Choose to stay in a mansion. 

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