Illinois' Executive Mansion to host 'Historic Christmas at the Mansion'

Staff Writer
Woodford Times

Illinois’ Executive Mansion will feature a historic flair once again this holiday season with decorations provided by Springfield area museums and historic sites, and the public is invited to see the decorations every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from Nov. 30 through Jan. 8.

“Historic Christmas at the Mansion” will feature decorated trees decorated by staff and volunteers from Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, Dana-Thomas House, Old State Capitol, Vachel Lindsay Home, Illinois State Museum, Elijah Iles House, and Lincoln Home, all in Springfield; Lincoln’s New Salem near Petersburg; David Davis Mansion in Bloomington; Metamora Courthouse; Governor Duncan Mansion in Jacksonville; Cahokia Mounds in Collinsville; Bishop Hill; Carl Sandburg State Historic Site in Galesburg; Bryant Cottage in Bement; Lincoln Log Cabin near Charleston;  Beardstown Old Lincoln Courthouse; and Central Illinois Decorative Artists.  In addition, Buckley Growers Illinois will display poinsettias from their greenhouse in Taylorville that is powered by waste hot water from Allied Waste Management.

Gov. Pat Quinn will welcome visitors during the Executive Mansion Open House Dec. 18 from 4 to 6 p.m., and refreshments will be served.  The public is invited to tour the Executive Mansion every Tuesday and Thursday from 9:30 to 11 a.m. and 2 to 3:30 p.m., and every Saturday from 9:30 to 11 a.m.