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Washburne House State Historic Site

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Address: 908 Third St, Galena, IL 61036
Phone Number: 815-777-3310
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Fri 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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Beautiful house!

This was a wonderful chance to get some history in on a HOT day! Was cool in home. Tour guide was not big on dates, but shared what she knew of the family and how they lived... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 18, 2016
West Bend, Wisconsin
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West Bend, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2016

This was a wonderful chance to get some history in on a HOT day! Was cool in home. Tour guide was not big on dates, but shared what she knew of the family and how they lived. Fascinating and lovely house to tour. There is a story about the privacy walls, so the servants could not hear the top secret... More 

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Illinois, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2016

We visited here while visiting Galena over Memorial Day Weekend. The staff was friendly and the tour was informative. If you are planning on seeing Ulysses' home then you should add this to your list as well. Well worth the visit. It is right across the street from Alice Bed and Breakfast.

Thank BabelFish
Peoria, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2016

Across the street from Alice's Snyder B + B. It is the home of one of the men who invented the Republican Party and was a great supporter of Abraham Lincoln. The house has at least six top quality white marble fireplaces on the first floor. We did not have time to tour the six bedroom second floor. The highlight... More 

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Plain, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2016

We got a very personal tour with great stories and history of both the family and the house. No charge for the tour - donations encouraged. Be aware it is only open for a limited time on Fridays - check the website. Highly recommend this tour if you love historic homes - ties to both Grant & Lincoln.

Thank Kathy N
Joliet, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2016

The house was owned by a House Representative, and many famous people visited there included Lincoln and Grant. Some original pieces. Pictures of all their children very nice!

Thank elizabeth m
Brookfield, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2016

We finally were able to tour the Washburne house after several years of noting its restoration, and not being in town when it was open! The tour times are currently very limited, mainly on Fridays. The home has been nicely appointed with period-appropriate furnishings, and the tour guides were enthusiastic and knowledgeable about both the house and the family history.... More 

Thank Annette F
Oak Forest, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2016

open only on fridays and special events. great stories to go along with restored home of the era. it would fill in blanks from the grant home. go rainy day event.

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Johnston, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2015

We got lucky and visited Galena at a time when this house is open. It's not open much so check before you go. It's a beautiful house and the tour was very interesting. If there is a woman wearing black there, ask her about the history of mourning the dead. It was pretty incredible to hear about.

1 Thank Peanut977
Shelbyville, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

The history of the area is interesting and the house and the people that lived there are intertwined in that history. This is across the street from the bed and breakfast we stayed, Alice's Bed and Breakfast.

1 Thank BJSullivan5
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2015

The docent at Ulysses Grant house directed us to this property, open only on Fridays. It was a great addition to our day as it complemented and expanded our information on the Civil War era. Period pieces here instead of original furnishings in the Grant house but still very interesting and we would highly recommend this home.

Thank Ruth N

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