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Dillon Home Museum

1005 E 3rd St, Sterling, IL 61081-2813
+1 815-622-6202
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Pretty during Christmas

Went to the Dillon House with my husband and sister-in-law when we were in town for Christmas. It... read more

Reviewed January 1, 2018
Shannon4343
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Savoy, Illinois
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A nice short side trip when driving through Sterling.

The Dillon home museum is a period home dating to the late 1800s, overlooking the Widest portion of... read more

Reviewed May 23, 2017
Tim M
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Sterling, Illinois
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The home was built in 1858 for Brigadier General Edward Kirk. The home is on the register of National Historic Places under Kirk's name. The Dillon’s bought the home in 1882. Washington Dillon had the Northwest Barb Wire Co., which was wildly successful. His son, P.W. Dillon, eventually took over the mill and it became Northwestern Steel and Wire Company. P.W. was born in the house, and he died in the house in 1980 at the age of 96. The cities of Sterling and Rock Falls were built up around the mill because of the job opportunities. The 1929 Baldwin Locomotive that sits in the rear grounds was the last working steam engine in the United States to be used in an industrial application. Mrs. Dillon traveled extensively and the home is filled with treasures from around the country, and the world. It is untouched from the day Mr. Dillon passed in 1980, and very impressive. The furnishings date from the late 1800’s to the mid-1900’s, and are all original.
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Jan 1, 2018
“Pretty during Christmas ”
May 23, 2017
“A nice short side trip when driving through Sterling.”
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1005 E 3rd St, Sterling, IL 61081-2813
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Reviewed January 1, 2018 via mobile

Went to the Dillon House with my husband and sister-in-law when we were in town for Christmas. It was nicely decorated for Christmas. The guide gave a good tour and provided a lot of information about the origins of the house. It was something different...More

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Erin T, Curator at Dillon Home Museum, responded to this reviewResponded May 17, 2018

We appreciate your review! We are always happy when people bring their family members from out of town to the museum. Our Open House Christmas Walk is every year the first week of December, but it is decorated November through January, so there is plenty...More

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Reviewed May 23, 2017

The Dillon home museum is a period home dating to the late 1800s, overlooking the Widest portion of the Rock River. The home was essentially owned by two families over this period, ultimately given to the local park district by the Dillon Family. The Dillon's...More

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Erin T, Curator at Dillon Home Museum, responded to this reviewResponded May 17, 2018

Thank you for the review! We love sharing the local history of the mill and innovation the Dillon family contributed to the steel industry. It is a rich part of not only our community's history, but the country at-large as well. Part of our mission...More

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Reviewed March 13, 2017

Hidden Treasure because of locale but great stop on the way to Galena, IL. House donated to the park system as long as everything original remains intact. Curator gives tours and is outstanding with nearly 40 years knowledge of family and house. One of a...More

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Erin T, Curator at Dillon Home Museum, responded to this reviewResponded May 17, 2018

Thank you so much for this review! We are so happy you enjoyed the tour and appreciate all of the original furnishings and pieces Crete collected throughout her lifetime. We do hope more people will visit the grounds as well -- you are certainly right...More

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