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Address: 220 Diagonal St, Galena, IL 61036-2241
Phone Number: +1 815-777-1250
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We got a combo deal to visit the Dowling House and the Belvedere Mansion. My expectations were low, but these two sites exceeded my expectations. We visited the Biltmore Estate... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 8 August 2016
Charles R
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2016 via mobile

I really wanted to visit this neat looking, really old house. I love old houses. But when we walked into the gift shop to buy tickets, the smell was so musty and the person at the counter just looked at us and asked, "Do you want something?" Rather than saying yes to a tour we just said no, just looking... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2016

We got a combo deal to visit the Dowling House and the Belvedere Mansion. My expectations were low, but these two sites exceeded my expectations. We visited the Biltmore Estate in May. For the money, these two sites were much better.

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1 Thank Charles R
Maryville, Missouri, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2016 via mobile

The Dowling House is the oldest residence in Galena, built in 1826. The guide shared an intriguing tour that was very detailed from the items located throughout the home, as well as the Dowling family and descendent and the contributions they've made throughout the history of Galena. I highly recommend the tour. Caution: if you have asthma or allergies, take... More 

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1 Thank Dix_M123
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2016 via mobile

Did not like the tour guide... At all!!! She mumbled, talked way too fast, was abrupt and kept forgetting her lines, as my husband and I felt like she was reading from a script. We could've done without being locked in because the house was dark and creepy enough as it is and honestly, the guide creeped me out as... More 

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Thank Dawn V
Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

It was our tour guides first day and she was phenomenal! The town of Galena is so impressive, you will want to spend the weekend there to see everything! This was once a mansion in its day, believe it or not! you will tour the trading post and living quarters, seeing a lot of pottery in its time and mining... More 

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Brooklyn, Iowa
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18 reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2016

The house has potential, however our guide was very abrupt, not very kind, and somewhat scary. We might have enjoyed more of this tour had we not been a little put off by being locked in and her telling us if we need out we'd have to wait till she could make her way there. Her health wasn't the best... More 

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Racine, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2016

Very fascinating. Great for history buffs. You'll learn things you would've never known about how people lived in the early years. Was really nice to see.

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1 Thank James L
Barrington, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2016 via mobile

A fun hour long your if history in Galena. It's easy to imagine how people lived in the 1850s from this house. The furnishings and the shop items seem like authentic replicas. Great fun. Not good for people with limited mobility.

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1 Thank Darlene K
Madison, Wisconsin
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7 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2016

it was very interesting to tour this home , the guide was not to friendly though..........but she was informative....there is two floors ...the first area in the lower level you will see alot of older things in regard to being creative and production from many years ago..the upper level shows bedrooms and the living area and that was very interesting... More 

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West Bend, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 2016

I was hesitant to tour this historical house at first, due to the mixed and poor reviews. My husband and I did take the 30 min tour which was led by the NEW manager, Anna. (1st week on the job?) I was actually impressed with her pleasant demeanor (unlike previous posts regarding rudeness of the former tour guide) and her... More 

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