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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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Washburn House

Art inside house during tour provided a "real feel" of events that took place inside the home. Many historic personalities took part in shaping our countries future in this... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 13, 2015
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Medina, Minnesota
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

It was Interesting. We learned a lot of Civil wartime history. We also learned about a connection to our hometown of Minneapolis.

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Medina, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

Art inside house during tour provided a "real feel" of events that took place inside the home. Many historic personalities took part in shaping our countries future in this home...very capturing.

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Dwight, Illinois
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27 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 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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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
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
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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21 helpful votes 21 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
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112 helpful votes 112 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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30 reviews 30 reviews
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22 helpful votes 22 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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Additional Information about Washburne House State Historic Site

Address: Address: 908 Third St, Galena, IL 61036
Phone Number: 815-777-3310
Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Galena
Open Hours:
Friday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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