One of our last stops on our trip was to “Clover Leaf”, the David Davis mansion in Bloomington, IL.
Bloomington is our halfway point between Winona and home. It’s a good stopping point as it has an Extended Stay America motel we like and good restaurants for breakfast the next morning. I was reading the tourist info for Bloomington and noticed the house was open for tours on Sunday starting at 9am. That fit nicely with our travel plans and off we went after breakfast.
David Davis was a good friend of Abraham Lincoln; he was his campaign manager in the 1860 election and was appointed to the Supreme Court by Lincoln in 1862.
The home is of Italianate and Second Empire style and decorated with Victorian furnishings. It was donated to the state of Illinois in 1960 – having been in the Davis family to whole time. As such, the home was little changed from when Davis lived there.
Inside photos were not allowed, so all I have to share are some outside shots. If you’d like to see more about the mansion there is a good article on at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Davis_Mansion