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Washburne House State Historic Site

908 Third St, Galena, IL 61036
815-777-3310
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Ranked #6 of 16 attractions in Galena
Type: Historic Sites
Most recent review
- Oct 19, 2013
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Oak Lawn, Illinois
2 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
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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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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Zion
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25 reviews 25 reviews
8 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2013

The Historical Society volunteers had just opened the house for a limited time while we were in town. Superb restoration of the house. The stories the volunteers told added to the warmth of the house and made this tour all the better. A must see for visitors to Galena.

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Sandwich, Illinois, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

This tour was only open on Friday, but was very good. The house told us a lot about the history and our tour guide was wonderful!

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Des Moines, Iowa
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19 reviews 19 reviews
12 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013

Regretfully, the building is only open on Friday. Fortunately, since it was a highlight for us, our trip included Friday. The tour guides, volunteers from Questers, were well informed and shared lots of good information about this American statesman. Wish we could have viewed more of the house. But what we saw was well presented & well kept.

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Mendota Heights, MN
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14 reviews 14 reviews
10 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

The story of Washburne and his influence in Washington, across the country, and shaping the GAR in the Civil War is very interesting. Galena once held the power that later moved to Chicago.

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Springfield, Illinois
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32 reviews 32 reviews
13 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2013

Super interesting for Civil War buffs. Elihu Washburne was such an influential politician shaping the successful adult life of Ulysses S. Grant. House is beautiful inside and out. Only open on Friday which is such a disappointment to those who want to learn about Washburne, his family, and Galena history. Volunteer docents were excellent. Not funded with State money which... More

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Galena, Illinois
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52 reviews 52 reviews
7 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2013

We visited the Washburne House only open on Friday afternoons, which is too bad. So plan accordingly. There is no cost, only donations for the tour. But the house is beautiful and to learn about the Washburne family is so interesting. They put a lot of effort and money into restoring this historic home and it's well worth the visit.... More

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Twin Lakes, Wisconsin
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2012

People I never knew had such an impact on our American history. It made me want to read more about this amazing family and what they did for America.

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Hoffman Estates, Illinois
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51 reviews 51 reviews
20 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2012

The home was well done and the docent that we had was so good. She was new, but had really studied and knew her facts. Very personable. We were met at the door by a docent and it was a leisurely tour. We didn't feel rushed through or like this was boring to the docent. She was a local resident... More

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