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Belvedere Mansion

1008 Park Ave, Galena, IL 61036
815-777-0747
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Ranked #15 of 18 Attractions in Galena
Type: Historic Sites
Owner description: The green drapes from "Gone with the Wind" are one of the many interesting items on display at this 22-room Italianate-style home. Built in 1857, the... more » Owner description: The green drapes from "Gone with the Wind" are one of the many interesting items on display at this 22-room Italianate-style home. Built in 1857, the mansion now exhibits period furnishings and also includes items from the estate of flamboyant entertainer Liberace. « less
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Wapakoneta, Ohio, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

Great, knowledge guides and a wonderful old house to visit. The guides were very friendly and quick to answer any questions you had about the house or the area. Definitely worth checking out!

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IND
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45 reviews 45 reviews
7 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

I liked the home but thought the collectables from other people were a distraction. It was too cluttered. Beautiful wood blinds and furniture

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Byron, Illinois
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52 reviews 52 reviews
18 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Knowledgeable tour guides greet you at the door and move you along. Owners still live there. Glad I went.

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Janesville, Wisconsin
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81 reviews 81 reviews
26 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 via mobile

My wife and I have been to a good number of old mansions. This one is not the best we have seen, but it is far from the worst. We loved the furnishings, even though only one or two are original. It was neat that some of the things had been in the movie, "Gone with the Wind". Several of... More

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Arlington Heights, Illinois
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

The grounds and exterior are beautiful! There is an initial implication that most of the contents are from the 1800's (like Grants home), but it's the total opposite. Most of the items are from the mid 1900's. There is too much stuff and the guides tend to rush you through it. Some of the house is not available for touring.

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Omaha NE
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121 reviews 121 reviews
83 attraction reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Galena may be known as the home of former President Ulysses S. Grant, but it’s also home to a fantastic mansion. A few blocks away from the Grant Home stands the Belvedere Mansion and Gardens. The mansion was built in 1857. While called the Belvedere, it wasn’t the family name. The name indicated it had a view. Former Ambassador J.... More

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Baraboo
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29 reviews 29 reviews
20 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Saw this house and decided to take a tour. We bought discounted ticket which entitled us to a tour of another house in Galena. Couldn't go into the rooms, but the tour guide gave a good tour with a lot of information. Can only see two floors, third floor is closed to the public. Nice grounds. Tour takes about 35-40... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

The mansion is beautiful on the outside but once inside it is a disappointment. The rooms are kept dark and you cannot walk into most of them. Some of the furniture is authentic to the time of the mansion but the present owners are collectors of just about anything antique and it is overwhelmingly filled. We were rushed through in... More

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Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin
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28 reviews 28 reviews
13 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Most of the mansion was closed off to the public and very limited to see what was inside. The hosts spoke too fast about the history, etc. In addition, there are actually people living there so we didn't see the entire house.

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Brookfield, IL
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Built by a captain and owner of numerous paddle wheelers. Just goes to show both local craftsmanship and what was available in local furnishings, as well as European imports in the mid-1800's.

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