The day began with a behind-the-scenes tour of Ewing Manor, a 1929 estate designed by Bloomington architect Phil Hooten. This 44-room house had over 6000 square feet of living space.The tour also included the surrounding Genevieve Green Gardens, created by noted landscape architect Jens Jensen, who also designed Springfield's Lincoln Memorial Gardens.
The second stop was the David Davis Mansion, where OLLI members had a chance to glimpse into the lives of the wealthy and powerful of the 1870s.
OLLI members enjoyed a delicious lunch at Lancasters in downtown Bloomington.
After lunch, we concluded our day with a step-on tour of the Barn Quilt Heritage Trail of McLean County. The group had an opportunity to see area barns and farm buildings decorated with 8 x 8 plywood quilt squares. Some of the quilts included were Grandpa's Delight, Star and Pinwheels, and the Maple Leaves, Star, Sugar House.
OLLI thanks our tour hosts for a wonderful day discovering Bloomington's hiddens gems!