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Washburne House State Historic Site

908 Third St, Galena, IL 61036
815-777-3310
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Ranked #3 of 18 Attractions in Galena
Type: Historic Sites
Most recent review
- Aug 14, 2014
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Brookfield, IL
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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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40 reviews 40 reviews
18 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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34 reviews 34 reviews
6 attraction reviews
106 helpful votes 106 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
15 helpful votes 15 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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416 reviews 416 reviews
165 attraction reviews
277 helpful votes 277 helpful votes
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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81 reviews 81 reviews
26 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
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
2 reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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
9 helpful votes 9 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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35 reviews 35 reviews
15 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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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