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Address: 220 Diagonal St, Galena, IL 61036-2241
Phone Number: 815-777-1250
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We got a combo deal to visit the Dowling House and the Belvedere Mansion. My expectations were low, but these two sites exceeded my expectations. We visited the Biltmore Estate... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Charles R
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Mundelein, Illinois
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3 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

It was interesting to go through the home and see the inside of Galena's oldest home and see a bunch of artifacts from the past, but the tour guide wasn't that great and rushed us through the house. It was a little interesting, but not worth the entrance fee.

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Champaign, Illinois
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16 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This house really give you a flavor for how things were done nearly 200 years ago. This was considered a large home for the time it was built

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Thank dave8157
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I really wanted to visit this neat looking, really old house. I love old houses. But when we walked into the gift shop to buy tickets, the smell was so musty and the person at the counter just looked at us and asked, "Do you want something?" Rather than saying yes to a tour we just said no, just looking... More 

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Thank Sand D
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We got a combo deal to visit the Dowling House and the Belvedere Mansion. My expectations were low, but these two sites exceeded my expectations. We visited the Biltmore Estate in May. For the money, these two sites were much better.

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Thank Charles R
Maryville, Missouri, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Dowling House is the oldest residence in Galena, built in 1826. The guide shared an intriguing tour that was very detailed from the items located throughout the home, as well as the Dowling family and descendent and the contributions they've made throughout the history of Galena. I highly recommend the tour. Caution: if you have asthma or allergies, take... More 

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Thank Dix_M123
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Did not like the tour guide... At all!!! She mumbled, talked way too fast, was abrupt and kept forgetting her lines, as my husband and I felt like she was reading from a script. We could've done without being locked in because the house was dark and creepy enough as it is and honestly, the guide creeped me out as... More 

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Thank Dawn V
Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It was our tour guides first day and she was phenomenal! The town of Galena is so impressive, you will want to spend the weekend there to see everything! This was once a mansion in its day, believe it or not! you will tour the trading post and living quarters, seeing a lot of pottery in its time and mining... More 

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Brooklyn, Iowa
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The house has potential, however our guide was very abrupt, not very kind, and somewhat scary. We might have enjoyed more of this tour had we not been a little put off by being locked in and her telling us if we need out we'd have to wait till she could make her way there. Her health wasn't the best... More 

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Racine, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2016

Very fascinating. Great for history buffs. You'll learn things you would've never known about how people lived in the early years. Was really nice to see.

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Thank James L
Barrington, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2016 via mobile

A fun hour long your if history in Galena. It's easy to imagine how people lived in the 1850s from this house. The furnishings and the shop items seem like authentic replicas. Great fun. Not good for people with limited mobility.

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