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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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MENOMONEE FALLS
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12 reviews 12 reviews
10 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

Someone bought this house for $17, but put a lot of money and antiques into it. The tour was cool and the 12 year old even loved it. Many of the antiques where used in famous movies as well...like Gone with the Wind.

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Chicago, Illinois
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19 reviews 19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

The house has an interesting history, but very few of the items in the house are original. However, the items, too, have history - just not history with the house. They charge $12.00 for adults. We arrived a bit later in the day and a woman (not sure if she was a docent of an occupant) seemed a bit put... More

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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25 reviews 25 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

This house is so beautiful. After touring many historic homes, I have to say this is one of my favorites. I loved the layout of the home and the architecture is stunning. The grounds are very pretty. It is a private residence. Walking through, you get a taste of what it must be like to live there. I will definitely... More

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Wapakoneta, Ohio, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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
22 helpful votes 22 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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54 reviews 54 reviews
18 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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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82 reviews 82 reviews
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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
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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
87 helpful votes 87 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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31 reviews 31 reviews
20 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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