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Historic Sites

The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the country’s historic buildings, districts, sites, structures and objects worthy of preservation. Did you know that Bloomington-Normal is home to several locations that made the list? Check out the places below to discover history in Bloomington-Normal.


1. The David Davis Mansion
1000 Monroe Drive, Bloomington

Behind every brilliant mind is a supportive mentor. Abraham Lincoln’s mentor was David Davis, a local lawyer and eventual Supreme Court Justice. Davis’ 36-room estate, Clover Lawn, was completed in 1872 and gives visitors a glimpse into the life of a Victorian family.

Good to Know | The Mansion is available for tours Wednesday-Saturday from 9 am until 4 pm.
Cost | FREE, but a donation of $4 for adults and $2 for children is suggested.

2. McLean County Museum of History
200 North Main Street, Bloomington

The Museum is housed in the old McLean County Courthouse, which was completed in 1903. It features 18,000 items in its library and over 1,500 linear feet of archives. It offers hands-on activities and educational programs for children as well as annual events including the Evergreen Cemetery Walk and Christmas at the Courthouse. It’s newest addition is the Cruisin’ with Lincoln on 66 Visitors Center.

Good to Know | The Museum offers FREE admission on Tuesdays for all visitors!
Cost | $5 for adults, $4 for seniors.

3. Normal Theater
209 West North Street, Normal

When it opened in 1937, the Normal Theater was the first movie theater in Bloomington-Normal built specifically for sound films. An Art Deco showplace with streamline design, it has been completely restored to its original condition and now shows classic, independent and world cinema films.

Good to Know | What movie-going experience is complete without snacks? The theater sells popcorn, sodas and candy for visitors to enjoy.
Cost | $7 for adults, $5 for students and those under 13.

4. Vrooman Mansion
701 East Taylor Street, Bloomington

Built in 1869, the mansion was once the home of Matthew T. Scott and his wife, Julia. Now a bed and breakfast, the mansion reflects the elegance and taste of the 19th century. Each of its seven suites has its own theme and pays homage to the family that lived there.

Good to Know | Vrooman Mansion is also available as a special events venue, which can be used for weddings, showers and parties.
Cost | Varies

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