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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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Janesville, Wisconsin
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74 reviews 74 reviews
21 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW 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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27 reviews 27 reviews
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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39 reviews 39 reviews
15 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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10 reviews 10 reviews
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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13 reviews 13 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

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
21 helpful votes 21 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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