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Dillon Home Museum

Closed Now: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Open today: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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I visited yesterday during a trip home for the holidays. Having grown up in Sterling and walked by... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
johnniec261
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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Dillon Homes Haunted Train Walk

What a fun event for families the grounds were decorated so cool! The train was so impressive and... read more

Reviewed October 25, 2018
Jennifer G
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The home was built in 1858 for Brigadier General Edward Kirk. The home is on the National Register of Historic Places. The Dillon’s bought the home in 1882. Washington Dillon had the Northwest Barb Wire Co., which was wildly successful. His son...more
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1005 E 3rd St, Sterling, IL 61081-2813
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I visited yesterday during a trip home for the holidays. Having grown up in Sterling and walked by this home many times it was a treat to tour and take in the history of the home, family, and business that put Sterling on the map....More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank johnniec261
Reviewed October 25, 2018 via mobile

What a fun event for families the grounds were decorated so cool! The train was so impressive and not to scary for young children.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Jennifer G
Erin T, Curator at Dillon Home Museum, responded to this reviewResponded October 26, 2018

Thank you! So glad you had a good time! Thank you also for sharing the great photos!

Reviewed October 19, 2018 via mobile

The haunted train walk was amazing. Kids and I loved it. It is a free event for the family. Not too scary just perfect.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Diana M
Erin T, Curator at Dillon Home Museum, responded to this reviewResponded October 20, 2018

Thank you! We are so glad your family enjoyed our Halloween event! We hope the word spreads and the attendance continues to grow!

Reviewed August 26, 2018

Great tour , tour guide (Erin) was great . Very knowledgeable of the history of the home and the Dillon family. Recommend this tour to anyone and especially to those who have some sort of connection to Northwestern Steel and Wire.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank hp9946
Erin T, Curator at Dillon Home Museum, responded to this reviewResponded August 28, 2018

Thank you! It is always a treat when guests have a connection to the steel mill--being able to share stories adds to the rich narrative of the home, the Dillon family and the community.

Reviewed July 20, 2018

My husband and I both enjoy discovering local Illinois history. He had seen a story about the Dillon Home on Illinois Adventure on PBS. We thoroughly enjoyed touring the house and learning about the home and its occupants. Erin was wonderful! She is so very...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank dlvincent
junkyardfiction, Manager at Dillon Home Museum, responded to this reviewResponded August 21, 2018

So very glad that you came on the tour! We strive to be more than just a historic house, we are a place to share the story of the larger history of the communities of Sterling and Rock Falls. Hopefully you can back for Christmas...More

Reviewed July 11, 2018

I enjoyed a one hour tour of this beautiful home and furnishing that date back so many years! Erin is a very knowledgable and friendly tour guide. This is a must see, if you are in the Rock River Valley area at any time!

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank janicebehrendt
Erin T, Curator at Dillon Home Museum, responded to this reviewResponded October 26, 2018

Thank you!

Reviewed July 6, 2018

My husband and I enjoy small town museums and historical home tours. This is the best yet! The house has all its original furnishings- even family photos and clothing. The guide/curator is fun, knowledgeable and friendly. A fun hour!

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank dvpjane
Erin T, Curator at Dillon Home Museum, responded to this reviewResponded October 26, 2018

Thank you so much! It was such a great tour with you, and there really is something to capture everyone's interest from the manufacturing history to the furnishings and architecture, to the early Civil War history! Hope to see you again!!

Reviewed July 3, 2018

I was there on Saturday June 30th. I walked around and did not see any open gate. I thought it was closed. The entrance marked staff was open so I walked in. I saw a post it note on a side building that said closed...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Suezbaker
Erin T, Curator at Dillon Home Museum, responded to this reviewResponded July 5, 2018

We are so glad you enjoyed the home and grounds! Our main entry gate is located at the corner on 3rd Street. Apologies if it was not open. Our Christmas Walk is the first weekend in December, and we hope to see you there! Thank...More

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

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank Shannon4343
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

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

Date of experience: May 2017
Thank Tim M
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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