At Vrooman Mansion, you will love the beautiful and historic ambiance of a bygone era – a time where silver tea and garden parties, candlelight suppers, and fashionable soirees were the order of the day.
We host many public affairs during the year. From Downton Abbey themed fashion shows, Steampunk brunches, Titanic 9-course dinners, Gone with the Wind and other themed afternoon teas, A Day in Historic Dimmitt’s Grove, to Holiday Christmas tours, these experiences give visitors a special look into the Mansion and Central Illinois.
For all of the above events, ticket sales are limited and on sale a couple months prior to the event. Please check our Facebook page for details. Sign up for our newsletter (signup is in the footer at the bottom of the page) to be notified of upcoming events – you won’t want to miss them!
The Vrooman Mansion is a perfect stop for your group or bus tour to relive the past. Tour the house, learn about its rich history, and enjoy a sit-down lunch. Want additional history and entertainment? The Tea Ladies offer a variety of programs; one is bound to enrich your enjoyment for the afternoon!
UPCOMING PUBLIC EVENTS – be sure to follow us on Facebook for further updates on events.
Saturday , August 10, 8pm Classics at Night- The Goonies
Do you have a favorite character? Join us for our showing of The Goonies at night! Admission to the movie is free and open to everyone. Come to the Back Yard of Vrooman Mansion ( the corner of Jackson and Clayton Streets). Donations for our window fund will be accepted but not required . Bring a blanket or lawn chairs, sit back and enjoy the show! Snacks will be provided from $1-$3 apiece(cash only)- s’mores, ice cream bars, popcorn , soft drinks and water. All proceeds will help us reach our goal to restore the Mansion’s Stained Glass. In the event of inclement weather, we will look into possible rain dates. We hope to see you there!
Saturday and Sunday, Sept.21-22, 1 pm Return To Downton Abbey Tea – SAT SOLD OUT
The movie is coming! As we celebrate the return of our beloved Crawley Family and staff, we also await the Royals visiting Downton. Join us for a lovely Tea Buffet before The Tea Ladies, Nancy and Karen, re- visit Downton, discussing our favorite characters and the Queen’s visit. This is sure to be a sold out event. Mark your calendars and start planning your outfit! All tickets for this tea must be purchased in advance by calling Nancy Perzo at 1-309-827-2200, cost is $36.00 per person pre-paid. TICKETS ON SALE NOW!
If you are interested in the Vrooman Overnight Royal package, please call us directly at 309-828-8816 or book when making your room reservation on our site.
Friday and Saturday , Sept. 20-21, Return to Downton, Royal Package
Want to make a weekend of your Downton adventures? Consider staying at Vrooman the eve before the Tea! The package ( $20) includes- early afternoon check in as well as a Downton “Happy Hours” 4-6pm. This still leaves plenty of time for dinner and seeing “Return to Downton Abbey” that evening- giving you lots of ideas to discuss at the Tea the following day with Nancy and Karen! Price is per person for the package – (tickets to the Tea are separate ($36) and must be purchased by calling Nancy Perzo at 309-827-2200). We’ll help with dinner suggestions/reservations and locating tickets for the movie) And if you haven’t stayed at Vrooman yet, you are in for a treat- a hot, plated, gourmet breakfast the next morning that even Mary would enjoy! Package can be added when you book your stay. Enjoy a trip to the early 20th century!
Sunday, October 13, 1 pm Julia Vrooman’s Silver Tea for Charity – save the date
Join us for a very special Tea. In honor of Julia’s Birthday, Nancy and Karen ( The Tea Ladies ) will explain the importance Silver Teas for Charity played in high society during the Victorian Times. You’ll also learn more about Julia, the youngest child and last Scott family member to live in the Scott- Vrooman Mansion. Follow our Facebook page and website for further event and ticket information.
Friday and Saturday, Oct. 25-26, 6 pm Murder Mystery Evening at Vrooman Mansion- SOLD OUT
Vrooman Mansion and Community Players Theater of Bloomington proudly presents MURDER AT THE MANSION. We’re excited about our inaugural Murder Mystery Weekend, and even more excited about the response we received! It will be 2 nights to remember and an event we hope to repeat. Characters portrayed by members of the Community Theater Players and dinner provided by Baxters Grille.
Thursday, Nov. 7, 5:30-7:30pm It’s Wine O’Clock at Vrooman Mansion
Grab your friends and join us for a “grape” evening! Music, wine tasting, appetizers and a silent auction will all help benefit our Save the Windows Campaign. More details to follow- mark your calendars!
Saturday, Dec. 7 2-8pm Christmas at Vrooman Mansion Holiday Open House
Join us as we wrap up our 150th year and celebrate the year 2020 with an open house tour of Vrooman Mansion and the Carriage House. Both houses will be decorated in Holiday splendor and open to the public. There will be live music, gift certificate specials, raffles and more; as well as historical information concerning both houses. Enjoy hot cocoa and fresh baked cookies before you leave! This event will be one day only and reserved space is limited. Tickets now available; $10 in advance or $15 at the door. We will see you there! ( image provided by Caleb Wylde, Wylde Productions of St. Louis, Mo. )
Sunday, Dec. 8 1pm Victorian Christmas Splendor Tea- save the date
Join The Tea Ladies in the formal Parlor at Vrooman Mansion for our annual Christmas Tea. Amid the plentiful Holiday decor of the Mansion, Nancy and Karen will take you back in time to see how Victorian Ladies prepare for the Holidays: decorating the Tree, making gifts, preparing for Christmas Dinner, skating and sledding parties and more! Enjoy a Christmas Tea Buffet before the program. Tickets go on sale in October and the information will be updated on this page as well as on Facebook. Save the date, and be sure to follow us for more information!