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Address: 509 North First St, DeKalb, IL 60115
Phone Number: (815) 756-4609
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There is a museum, the mansion, a delightful miniature house for children that you can walk through, and if you go on Friday or Saturday you can visit the first floors of the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 14, 2015
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Huntley, Illinois
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25 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

There is a museum, the mansion, a delightful miniature house for children that you can walk through, and if you go on Friday or Saturday you can visit the first floors of the mansion and an adjoining home built as a wedding present for one of the Ellwood children. Daily tours of the mansion only requires climbing several flights of... More 

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DeKalb, IL
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Not open all year, but worth a visit if it is. Gives visitors a feel for the history of DeKalb, in a very pleasant environment, in an unhurried way.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

Very interesting, great house, lots of interesting facts, great guide, cost under $100 worth the 1.5 hrs of time.play house is so cute

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Belvidere, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

VERY VERY warm in both the mansion and the smaller mansion. No air conditioning, but other than that, our tour guide was VERY knowledgeable and the pace was perfect. Check Groupon for discount tickets.

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Dunnellon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

Wonderful tour with our 4 year old granddaughter. She was allowed to enter the outside play house and so are we. The tour guide, Donna, was so informative and knowledgeable when questions arouse. The grounds were beautiful and we felt like we walked back in time. Would recommend for anyone who enjoys archetecture and history of the region. Slow your... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 via mobile

Went with another couple because we Love to tour these old homes!! To our surprise we not only loved the home and decor but our tour guide was amazing and offered up a world of info on the era!! This is a must see if you are in or around DeKalb, IL

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Rochelle, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

Home of the man who made barbed wire. It would have been fun to live in that era. The docents to an excellent job of describing what it would have been like to live during this time. The museum hosts many activities throughout the year.

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DeKalb, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Elwood's and barb wire are the history of DeKalb, IL. The fact that the estate has been preserved and you can get tours that take you back 130 years (for Midwesterners that is considerable), makes a visit to Ellwood House a must for out of town visitors wanting to know about the area.

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DeKalb, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

This is a beautiful mansion that was the top of society when it was built. It is restored to it's pristine condition along with the carriage house so you can see what life was like at the turn of the last century in DeKalb. There are many events held here throughout the year also. Give it a try if in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014 via mobile

The Ellwood house is beautiful anytime, but if you can, visit when it's decorated for Christmas! Transports you to a simpler time. People think we are kidding about the barbed wire museum just behind the mansion, but it really is worth the stop. You don't need to spend all day, but there's an interesting story told!

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