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Washburne House State Historic Site

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The Washburne’s were helpful to Ulysses S. Grant during the Civil War

The Washburne’s were very helpful to Ulysses S. Grant & President Lincoln during the Civil War... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Patricia B
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Washburne House tour Galena, IL

Great tour--very interesting and educational. The volunteer staff was knowledgeable and even... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Des Moines, Iowa
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908 3rd St, Galena, IL 61036-2627
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

The Washburne’s were very helpful to Ulysses S. Grant & President Lincoln during the Civil War. The home looked very original & the Volunteer Tour Guide was very informative about the family & their connections to the Galena community - they also started Gold Metal...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great tour--very interesting and educational. The volunteer staff was knowledgeable and even dressed in the attire of the time. I recommend taking a tour if you are in Galena looking for historical things to do.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had a very nice tour here. Very historic site. The volunteers are very knowledgeable and dedicated to preserving history.

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Reviewed June 18, 2018 via mobile

My wife and I were looking for a relaxed historic mansion tour during our recent trip to Galena and were going to the Belvedere House, but it was not open, (May 19th). We were surprised it was not open yet. A block away we saw...More

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Reviewed June 16, 2018 via mobile

We were here last spring but the house was closed. It isn’t open very many days a week or for very many hours so watch the website if you want to tour the home while you are in town. We came back to Galena to...More

Thank MeryMeCo
Reviewed November 23, 2017

The Washburne House was started in 1843 and is built in what is known as the Greek Revival-style which is why it has the large pillars and the portico in front. The house was completed in 1845 and enlarged about sixteen years later. Only two...More

1  Thank Allen21096
Reviewed October 7, 2017

Washburn was a congressman who was friends with Lincoln & Grant. It was in this house that a telegraph was set up to get the election results when Grant was elected President. They give a wonderful one hour tour of the house & a great...More

1  Thank skyhawk13
Reviewed September 1, 2017 via mobile

Note that this attraction is only open on Fridays and Saturdays from 10-1. But it is very worthwhile. The docent was so knowledgeable and professional, and we wonder why nobody has heard of this guy! He had an incredible impact here in the US and...More

Thank Nickley
Reviewed August 27, 2017 via mobile

This historical home is free to enter and tour. The docents do provide a nicely narrated 30 minute tour and are very knowledgeable about the home. You will experience and understand more about the Washburne, Grant and Lincoln relationship after you make this stop. Artifacts...More

Thank beachliker
Reviewed August 21, 2017

Elihu B. Washburne was a prominent lawyer, U.S. Congressman, political adviser to Abraham Lincoln and U.S. Grant, U.S. Secretary of State and ambassador to France. He built one of the grandest houses in Galena and, most importantly, vigorously promoted the military and political career of...More

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October 15, 2015|
Response from Christine H |
No, unfortunately it is not.
October 15, 2015|
Response from Sandra B | Reviewed this property |
Hi!I honestly don't know for sure.I think not because there are stairs to climb.Both going in the building and inside.