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Washburne House State Historic Site

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Address: 908 Third St, Galena, IL 61036
Phone Number: 815-777-3310
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Fri 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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See the home of an 1800's successful local merchant

Only open on Fridays. Thank goodness for volunteers. Donations accepted. Gives you a view of the politics and successful business owners in the time of U.S. Grant.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 14, 2014
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Brookfield, IL
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Dwight, Illinois
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153 reviews 153 reviews
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62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

I love the Greek Revival Architecture of this home. A very good time period snapshot since Elihue Washburne played such an important part in early Galena history. The docent we had was a very knowledgeable and friendly woman and we really enjoyed our tour of this mansion. Several of the "privately Owned "Mansions" in the area were really not authentic... More 

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Brookfield, IL
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5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Only open on Fridays. Thank goodness for volunteers. Donations accepted. Gives you a view of the politics and successful business owners in the time of U.S. Grant.

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Oak Lawn, Illinois
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

Very interesting ! We toured the home with our 12 year old son and his two teen age cousins. They also found the tour interesting.( made them leave electronic devices at vacation house) Only open on Fridays ! Donation suggested

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Oak Park, Illinois
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48 reviews 48 reviews
21 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

This was a great tour site with knowledgeable guides. Only opened on Fridays which is a scheduling problem, but not impossible. Great interior and exterior with a wonderful family story of the Washburnes and the Washburns. Yes, two names and a great story. A must go to and learn.

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Zionsville, Indiana
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41 reviews 41 reviews
9 attraction reviews
109 helpful votes 109 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

I'm a sucker for just about any historic home tour but when the majority of the contents are original to the home itself, it makes the experience all the more satisfying. I had never heard of E.B. Washburne prior to my visit and appreciate the care that local historians are taking to preserve it. The home is only open on... More 

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Oshkosh, WI
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28 reviews 28 reviews
10 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

The ladies that were the docents were very knowledgeable about the home and the history of the family that lived there. Great personality and made the family come to life!

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

Elihu B. Washburne's house in Galena, Illinois, is open to the public only on Friday, which makes it difficult for some tourists to get an opportunity to tour the building. That's a shame because the two-story brick Greek Revival home, which was built in 1843 with additions in 1859 and 1860, is worth a visit. In 1973, the building was... More 

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Cedar Lake, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

Never having heard of Washburne, this was educational. Lots of history and interesting items to see here. The volunteer docents are friendly and informative. Only open on Fridays, so plan accordingly. Cost is a donation of your choosing.

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Oak Lawn, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013

This is an awesome house. There is no charge to tour and a volunteer leads the tour with some interesting information. We learned that Grant and Washburne were close friends but had a falling out in the later years. When Grant was on his deathbed, Washburne went to visit him but Grant would not see him. Interesting.

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Addison, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2013 via mobile

This tour only runs on Fridays and my husband and I luckily had just enough time to get in on one if the last tours of the day. This tour is run by a group of volunteers. The tour guides were great and had lots of information to share. This is definitely one of the best houses to visit in... More 

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