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Dowling House

220 Diagonal St., Galena, IL 61036
815-777-1250
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Ranked #8 of 18 attractions in Galena
Type: Historic Sites
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English first
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13 reviews 13 reviews
10 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

I was on the first solo tour of my guide. I thought she did a great job. The tour is short, so getting a combo ticket is economical. Amazing that that piece of history still stands. I learned something on the tour about Galena that I began to notice everywhere else around town. I enjoyed taking something away from the... More

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Freeport, Illinois
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

It's hard to imagine being in a house built in 1829. Considered a mansion in its day, it seems primitive now, but quite interesting to visit. Make it part of your trip to Galena.

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Murphysboro
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44 reviews 44 reviews
11 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

After being left to decay for years, an individual bought the heap and was the first to begin restoration. It has been restored to a excellent representation of what it probably looked like when it was being used. Some very interesting items are on display in the downstairs store portion of the building.

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Iowa
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61 reviews 61 reviews
12 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

The Dowling House is the oldest home in Galena. The tour guide was knowledgable and was willing to answer a variety of questions. Though there are only a few items that are original to the house, the restorers took the time to locate items from the era so you really felt like you had stepped back in time. We purchased... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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380 reviews 380 reviews
157 attraction reviews
221 helpful votes 221 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

Most folks come to Galena, Illinois, to shop for antiques and arts and crafts and jewelry, dine at some very good restaurants and maybe soak up the history of a town that produced U.S. Grant and eight other Civil War generals. But almost hidden at the far end of Main Street, at a fork in the road known as Diagonal... More

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ILLINOIS -USA
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49 reviews 49 reviews
14 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

The house is small and the tour is pretty short. So $9 to get in I thought was a little much for what you get. But we like history and took the tour. The inside is really fun to see. The history to the house and family was also fun to hear and get to know about the Dowlings. I... More

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Rockford, Illinois
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

Lots of cool history with a view tI how people lived back then. Very informative and welcoming guide.

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Illinois
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60 reviews 60 reviews
9 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2014

I was excited to go for a tour of the fowling house given it's great reviews and the fact it's the one historic site in Galena I had yet to check out. However I was informed by there answering machine tours of the home would no longer be available but "Old Time photos" would be its replacement. How devastating this... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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21 reviews 21 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

Interesting home and history. I am not convinced it was worth $9. A couple light bulbs had burned out but not replaced- a little dark.

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Grayslake, Illinois
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

This was a fun break from all the shopping in Galena. The home is full of antiques and stories! It takes about 30minutes and the women who told the story of the building and the families that lived there did a wonderful job!!

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