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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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interesting historic home

We finally were able to tour the Washburne house after several years of noting its restoration, and not being in town when it was open! The tour times are currently very limited... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Annette F
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Brookfield, Illinois
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Brookfield, Illinois
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19 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We finally were able to tour the Washburne house after several years of noting its restoration, and not being in town when it was open! The tour times are currently very limited, mainly on Fridays. The home has been nicely appointed with period-appropriate furnishings, and the tour guides were enthusiastic and knowledgeable about both the house and the family history.... More 

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Oak Forest, Illinois
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21 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

open only on fridays and special events. great stories to go along with restored home of the era. it would fill in blanks from the grant home. go rainy day event.

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Thank drjoe20152015
Johnston, Iowa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2015

We got lucky and visited Galena at a time when this house is open. It's not open much so check before you go. It's a beautiful house and the tour was very interesting. If there is a woman wearing black there, ask her about the history of mourning the dead. It was pretty incredible to hear about.

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Thank Peanut977
Shelbyville, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

The history of the area is interesting and the house and the people that lived there are intertwined in that history. This is across the street from the bed and breakfast we stayed, Alice's Bed and Breakfast.

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Thank BJSullivan5
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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37 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2015

The docent at Ulysses Grant house directed us to this property, open only on Fridays. It was a great addition to our day as it complemented and expanded our information on the Civil War era. Period pieces here instead of original furnishings in the Grant house but still very interesting and we would highly recommend this home.

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Thank Ruth N
Galena, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

If you want to hear about all the history of this home and Galena...come to visit here. They tell you a lot of history of the home.

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Thank Twiggy1949
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

This is a lovely home to visit. Although much of the furnishings are not original they are all of the correct period. The tours are conducted by volunteer ladies and the home is only open on certain days. The tour guide was very pleasant and knowledgable.

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Thank Gilliedog
Embarrass, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

I've been to the house before quite awhile ago but the tour giudes were still great and very informative about everything!I actually think they have gotten better!The house was restored very nice.I especially liked the telegraph machine that sent the message Grant was elected president!The stories about the Washburnes were very informitive.Its great that the tour guides know so much... More 

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Thank Sandra B
Rochester, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Did not know anything about E.B. Washburne until I toured his home. Glad I did. I would recommend it to all.

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Thank Cnixa57
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6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015 via mobile

We visited Grants home first, then went to Washburne home. Very nicely kept and guided by local women dedicated to keeping this home open to the public. They are only open on Fridays, so plan accordingly. This home has some interesting history in itself and the guide was great. She was very personable. This home is beautiful and worth the... More 

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