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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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Who knew Barbed Wire could be interesting?

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 28, 2014
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Belvidere, Illinois
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Belvidere, Illinois
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29 reviews 29 reviews
8 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
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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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
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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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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51 reviews 51 reviews
19 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
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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20 reviews 20 reviews
5 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
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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19 reviews 19 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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Chicago area
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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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san diego
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68 reviews 68 reviews
23 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2013

Traveled back to DeKalb to visit family and had always passed this museum but never stopped. Actually took a tour from the staff. Beautiful grounds, lots to learn about the local history. Information on barbed wire and how it changed the west was very interesting. Lots of information on the town's founding father's.

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DeKalb, Illinois, United States
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31 reviews 31 reviews
15 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

Great local house museum in DeKalb. Interesting local history. I have also led field trips here, and they have a great educational program.

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DeKalb, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

The home is beautiful! The background of the invention of "Barbed Wire" is fascinating! At the time, it was the single most important invention that "tamed the West".

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