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Historic Homes – BN Our Story

Experience the rich history of McLean County by exploring the historic mansions throughout our area. Whether you’re a historian, architect, photographer, or just a lover of old homes, these historic homes will definitely capture your interest!

Ewing Manor

Completed in 1929 in the Channel-Norman style, Ewing Manor embodies the grace, elegance and natural beauty of the early 20th century. The landmark includes the Genevieve Green Gardens and an outdoor theater, which hosts the Illinois Shakespeare Festival each summer.

Vrooman Mansion

Built in 1869, Vrooman Mansion was once the home of Matthew T. Scott and his wife, Julia. The mansion reflects the taste of the 19th century, and now serves as a bed and breakfast. Each of the seven suites has an individual theme that pays homage to the family that lived there.

The David Davis Mansion

David Davis, mentor and friend to Abraham Lincoln, local lawyer and eventual associate supreme court justice, lived in Bloomington with his family. His 36-room estate was completed in 1872 and gives visitors a glimpse into the life of a Victorian family. The mansion is open for tours Wednesday-Saturday.

Castle Gardens

Castle Gardens features the nationally recognized David Hyatt Van Dolah house, a MTC 36-passenger train, and a locally restored Allan Herschell 36-horse carousel. It is available for weddings, anniversaries, reunions, corporate events and photo shoots.

Funk Prairie Home

What started as a wedding gift from LaFayette Funk to his bride Elizabeth in 1864 has grown into one of the most amazing museums anywhere.  Fully furnished as it was in the 1860’s, the Prairie Home is a trip into the exciting history of the Funk Family, filled with dazzling accounts of the family’s agricultural and political accomplishments.

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