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Dowling House

220 Diagonal St, Galena, IL 61036-2241
+1 815-777-1250
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Interesting, but not worth the entrance fee.

It was interesting to go through the home and see the inside of Galena's oldest home and see a... read more

Reviewed 21 August 2016
Mundelein, Illinois
Dowling House

This house really give you a flavor for how things were done nearly 200 years ago. This was... read more

Reviewed 19 August 2016
Champaign, Illinois
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220 Diagonal St, Galena, IL 61036-2241
+1 815-777-1250
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Reviewed 21 August 2016

It was interesting to go through the home and see the inside of Galena's oldest home and see a bunch of artifacts from the past, but the tour guide wasn't that great and rushed us through the house. It was a little interesting, but not...More

2  Thank markster1978
Reviewed 19 August 2016

This house really give you a flavor for how things were done nearly 200 years ago. This was considered a large home for the time it was built

1  Thank dave8157
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...More

Thank Sand D
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.

1  Thank Charles R
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...More

2  Thank Dix_M123
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...More

Thank Dawn V
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...More

1  Thank pat c
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...More

Thank dsmith2298
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.

1  Thank James L
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.

1  Thank Darlene K
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Teresa G
18 April 2016|
Response from jeepsong | Reviewed this property |
Belvedere Mansion is also included. It's a beautiful old place. The man who owned it was quite a collector so the house is full of interesting things.
Mohit K
12 July 2015|
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Thirty minute tours.