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Address: 220 Diagonal St., Galena, IL 61036
Phone Number: 815-777-1250
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11:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

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Learn a bit of history

This was interesting and our tour host was very knowledgable. We never felt rushed and she was willing to answer our questions. It was really interesting. Do it with the combo... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Illinois City, Illinois
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Crystal Lake, Illinois
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173 reviews
93 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Wow... loved this experience. The was a small on this tour... 6 people. The Tour guide was great. She provided a rich and varied history of the United States, Illinois, Galena, mining, and customs. The ground floor held a rich history of 1. Trading Posts vs General Store 2. The piggy tail hook 3. The whole 9 yards 4. And... More 

Thank Heidi-ready-2-travel
Mechanicsville, Maryland
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3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The guide was very knowledgeable and you could tell she enjoyed her job. A small home but well worth you're time. We had a large group for the size of the house but she made sure that all could see the house and ask questions.

1 Thank Janet D
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11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great history. Good for kids and adults alike to see what living in a "house" was like so long ago. The tour guide knew much of history about the area and it's inhabitants.

Thank Becky D
Illinois City, Illinois
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21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was interesting and our tour host was very knowledgable. We never felt rushed and she was willing to answer our questions. It was really interesting. Do it with the combo tour with Belvedere Mansion.

Thank jeepsong
Danville, Illinois
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015

Interesting tour but the guide had a memorized script and lost her place a few times. The house is very old, of course and is dark and a bit creepy. May be haunted? We were glad we saw it, however.

1 Thank Anna Beth G
Chicago, Illinois
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19 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2015

Interesting history of this trading post & home to see how life was then but could of been better. This place has an old musty smell from the very start and the guide was very scripted. Once is enough for this one.

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8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015

The tour guide spoke in monotone, as if giving this tour for the 100th time today. The house and it's artifacts were factually and visually interesting.

1 Thank Heather F
Portland, Oregon
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55 reviews
50 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015

Guided 30 minute tours of this restored trading post/house are offered on the half hour. Originally constructed by an Irish immigrant in 1826 and rebuilt by subsequent owners. Vacant at one point for 58 years. You can purchase a combination ticket to also tour Belvedere to save money. Price was $17 for the 2 house combo senior ticket, but taxes... More 

Thank happy d
Charleston, Illinois
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12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015

Oldest house/mansion in the city. Was taken from bottom to top and saw the old "store" in the basement. Worth your time.

Thank Deb540
Chicago, Illinois
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165 reviews
55 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

I believe our tour guide was Sarah. She was very informative and passionate about the history of this house and time. 30 minute tour. Cost $9.00 but could be bundled with a ghost tour or mansion tour. No pictures inside the house due to damage of the artifacts. Very interesting and glad we did it. Pay cash for there is... More 

Thank IllinoisKate1

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