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Ellwood House Museum

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Address: 509 North First St, DeKalb, IL 60115
Phone Number: (815) 756-4609
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Fascinating old house and museum in old DeKalb, IL. Well worth your time. I can't remember if it was handi-cap friendly or not, better call ahead. It is part of the fascinating... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Sandwich, Illinois
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Sandwich, Illinois
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65 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Fascinating old house and museum in old DeKalb, IL. Well worth your time. I can't remember if it was handi-cap friendly or not, better call ahead. It is part of the fascinating history of old DeKalb, IL "The Barbed Wire Capital".

Thank Cadet62
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015 via mobile

I've been to Ellwood house many times over the years. The barb wire history portion is nice and informative. But it is the beautiful mansion that makes an outing worthwhile. By far, holiday time is the best time to go. Love all the decorations and history.

1 Thank Patrick H
DeKalb, Illinois
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10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2015

this house museum in Dekalb Illnois is worth a side trip if you are anywhere in the area. It is extremely well done, furnished in the time period it was lived in, with lovely gardens and intriguing outbuildings, including a child sized house that kids can walk through, adults too if they bend over a bit. The tour was well... More 

Thank Irene R
Providence, Rhode Island
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 148 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2015

Who knew that a person could make their fortune in the field of barbed wire. Now here's an opportnity to find out not only about the family and their home, but an industry that is unknown to most folks. Stop by, take the tour ... you wont be disappointed.

Thank hll333
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

The museum is a wonderful place to learn about the Ellwood family and the history behind the name. The home has been restored as close to the original residence as possible. A great time to visit is during the Christmas season when area vendors decorate for the holiday season.

Thank ChiHawks2816
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015

My husband, granddaughter and I travelled about an hour and a half to take the tour of this beautiful home and loved it. Our docent, Donna, could not have been better and brought the former owners of this beautiful home to life for us. My granddaughter, who just turned 18, recently went on a tour of another home with my... More 

Thank Oaktreetraveler
Rockford, Illinois
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18 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2015

Ellwood House is one of the most fascinating tours in the area. The behind-the-scenes at Christmas time is my favorite tour. But any tour during Christmas time is a beautiful tour. I also like when they have local musicians playing music.

Thank Susan E
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72 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2015

A lovely side trip! Very nicely cared for. Especially nice events. Haven't been there for just a tour -- but if you hit a weekend where there are special events going on, it is always worth your time to stop in! I am from the area, so sometimes I just stop to enjoy my lunch in the gardens.

Thank Dkhillman
Chicago, Illinois
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103 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015

The pride of DeKalb IL, Barb Wire - It's inventor lived in this great old three story Victorian that offers tours and a lovely place for an event. A must see if you are visiting NIU and a great place to take guests if you live her.

Thank nhigdon
Huntley, Illinois
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30 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
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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