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Ellwood House Museum

509 North First St, De Kalb, IL 60115
(815) 756-4609
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Ranked #1 of 12 Attractions in De Kalb
Type: History Museums
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English first
5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

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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36 reviews 36 reviews
18 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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
18 reviews 18 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
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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62 reviews 62 reviews
18 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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
16 helpful votes 16 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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De Kalb, Illinois
2 reviews
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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San Antonio, Texas
3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013

Take a guided tour, our guide was well versed in the history of the area and interesting architectural features of the home. Great way to get a feel for the development of the area

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2013 via mobile

The guided tour was interesting and entertaining. There is so much to see. I can't wait for a return visit. This is an amazing resource in Dekalb. I only wish the textiles were available to tour at the time.

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