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Dowling House

220 Diagonal St., Galena, IL 61036
815-777-1250
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Ranked #10 of 18 Attractions in Galena
Type: Historic Sites
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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

Yep! This place back in the hayday was considered a mansion. The main floor was the store with the living quarters upstairs. This is where we learned that most of the people in the town died young from lead poisoning. All their plates and cups were made with it as they mined it and it took them years to figure... 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
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

We bought the combo tickets with the Belvidere mansion and enjoyed getting to walk through the house. It was a short, about half an hour tour that was interesting, but really it was just neat to see the inside of this old dwelling. It's not very often that you get to see how families in the early 1800s lived!

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Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

We stopped here at about 11.10am yesterday after it's purported 11am opening. Sign said "open" and the lights were on but the place was locked up tighter than a drum. After waiting around for about 5 minutes we gave up left. Later we went to the Belvedere Mansion and they wanted to sell us a combo ticket for it and... More

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Byron, Illinois
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54 reviews 54 reviews
18 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

We bought the combo tickets with the Belvidere mansion. This is a short tour made interesting by our friendly and knowledgeable guide.

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Chicago, Illinois
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23 reviews 23 reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Very cool original home and trading post. See with your own eyes how peaple really live in the early 1800's.

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Janesville, Wisconsin
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82 reviews 82 reviews
26 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 via mobile

My wife and I really enjoyed the tour. The house is both an old trading post and residence from the 1830s. Very true to that era. The day we went there, though, it was hot as blazes in the trading post. It is also very close. While I thought it was a little expensive given the fact that it only... More

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Oshkosh
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Very interesting tour, great guide, worth doing. PHOTOS ARE NOT ALLOWED, which was not posted, stated until after pictures were taken.

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Baraboo
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31 reviews 31 reviews
20 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Bought the combo ticket for Belvedere Mansion. Great price for two homes. Very small home , but the oldest in Galena, Il. A great tour guide gave us a lot of information, and indulged us in ghost stories. Took only 30 min. To do the tour.

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

The oldest house in Galena was really cool. Makes a lot of people like us realize that those were the "luxury" back in the days and live with what you got. It obviously looks old, it smells old, and the items on display were fascinating as well.

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Jacksonville, Illinois
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Interesting story about the history and who bought the house and what the person did to restore it.The tour guide was fun and very informative. The décor of the house was really cool and she talked about and showed the origin of all the antiques in the home. Very cool.

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