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Dowling House

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Great Tour

A nice stop. Very informational and tour guide was fantastic. Made the tour fun. Well worth the... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Brian K
Sun Prairie, Wisconsin
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Thats some old building

Short tour, (a little pricey for what is there), but very historical. The tour guide was very... read more

Reviewed September 17, 2018
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220 Diagonal St, Galena, IL 61036-2241
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Much better than I had thought it would be! Lots of info from the guide lady. Not very handicap friendly! but the guide helped

Thank Lois H
Reviewed 1 week ago

Tourguide was knowledgeable and told us a very interesting and detailed background on the house itself, it’s occupants, and Galena in that time era. The tour was short, but a nice break in between shopping and wine tasting. Tour was very accommodating to all in...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A nice stop. Very informational and tour guide was fantastic. Made the tour fun. Well worth the admission.

Thank Brian K
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A tour of this house is a must! So much history and interesting information. Much of the decor is original from the period and it just makes you feel like you're part of the 1800's. The backstory ties in with well with the rest of...More

Thank Vicki M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The idea that the Dowlings came from Ireland without his wife and became quite successful & influential in community and politics. He was very philanthropic. Thankfully Mr. McCoy stepped in and saved that historic property for the rest of us to appreciate!

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Reviewed October 8, 2018

No visit to Galena should be without a trip to the Dowling House to learn some wonderful history not only of the house, but the times, the traditions, and the area itself. You can walk to it (right downtown) or you can take the trolley...More

Thank Rhonda W
Reviewed September 17, 2018

Short tour, (a little pricey for what is there), but very historical. The tour guide was very informative, as she answered any and all questions.

Thank 721Douglas
Reviewed September 17, 2018 via mobile

Good visit for the history. Tour guide was very informative and friendly. You could really tell she enjoys what she does.

Thank jstrickler01
Reviewed September 7, 2018

Very informative plus got a $1 discount per ticket at the Old Fashioned Ice Cream Shop. the tour guide was enthusiastic friendly and very informative

Thank myerkes
Reviewed August 29, 2018

This was the third place included on our trolley tour ticket. It was the least impressive of the three homes (also saw Grant's home and the Belvedere Mansion). The tour guide wasn't very dynamic and the uneven terrain leading up to the home was a...More

Thank Katie H
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Teresa G
April 17, 2016|
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Response from Duane F | Reviewed this property |
The Belvidere mansion is included in the package but not worth the money. It is basically a store house for a rich mans hobby of buying antiques and fancy stuff. The house is way over packed with stuff that has nothing in... More
Mohit K
July 12, 2015|
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Thirty minute tours.