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Dowling House

220 Diagonal St., Galena, IL 61036
815-777-1250
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Ranked #9 of 18 Attractions in Galena
Type: Historic Sites
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Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
1 review
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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46 reviews 46 reviews
17 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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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37 helpful votes 37 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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78 reviews 78 reviews
25 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 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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20 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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Wheeling, IL
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18 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

This tour was very interesting and my daughter continued to ask but where is the televisions in this house, hummm.. It was very nice to see how people lived back then.

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Lafayette, Indiana
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5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Wife and I took the tour of the house. The guide was ok but recited the history so much by rote. Lots of items to look at but had to prod the guide to find out how or what something was used for.

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