Day in Historic Dimmitt’s Grove, 2013

4/28/2013: Day in Historic Dimmitts Grove

On Saturday, June 29, 2013, we will be holding our Day in Historic Dimmitt’s Grove. Come and enjoy the history and architecture of Dimmitt’s Grove and immerse yourself in the beauty of our neighborhood’s preserved and restored homes. Wander through this nostalgic section of Bloomington, Illinois and imagine the sights and sounds of the late 1800s and early 1900s.

Join us for a Day in Historic Dimmitt’s Grove and tour historic homes and beautiful gardens, take a guided walking tour and learn about some of the history of one of Bloomington’s oldest neighborhoods, listen to talented musicians and watch how craftsmen used to make their wares. Take your kids to some of our children’s activities or sit down to tea at the Vrooman Mansion. There is something for everyone to enjoy at Day in Historic Dimmitt’s Grove.

More details to follow as plans are finalized. This event happens only once every 3-5 years, so be sure to mark your calendars!

Day in Historic Dimmitt’s Grove
Saturday, June 29, 2013 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Vrooman Mansion grounds, 701 E. Taylor
Join us as we celebrate Pride and Preservation in the Dimmitt’s Grove Neighborhood.

The event will be centered around the Vrooman Mansion and will include home and garden tours, historic walking tours, lunch at the mansion with “The Tea Ladies,” “opera” in the garden, period demonstrations and vendors, carriage rides and other activities to celebrate and share our pride of place and rich history. In addition, Wesley United Methodist Church will be hosting children’s activities, a vintage bike ride, a bake sale and a hot dog lunch.

Home and Garden Tours
A self guided tour from 10 am to 3 pm. A tour booklet will provide histories and details about each site. Tickets are $15 and available for advance purchase starting on May 13th at AB Hatchery, Beck’s Family Florist, The Garlic Press, and Bloomington/Normal Schnucks. Tickets should be exchanged for a tour booklet at the Dimmitt’s Grove booth at either the Vrooman Mansion or the Wesley United Methodist Church. Tickets will also be available for purchase the day of the event at these locations.

Guided Historic Walking Tours
Forty minute walking tours of the neighborhood will begin on the hour from 10 to 1. Tours will highlight Pride and Preservation throughout the neighborhood. Tickets are $5 and are available for purchase the day of the event at the Dimmitt’s Grove booth at the Vrooman Mansion.

Lunch at the Mansion
The Vrooman Mansion will host a light lunch with a program by “The Tea Ladies” at 2:30 pm. Tickets are $25 and should be purchased in advance by contacting the Vrooman at 309-828-8816.

For more information, please email Carol Kashian at

Proceeds from this event are used to fund the beautification, preservation and educational efforts of the Dimmitt’s Grove Neighborhood Association.


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