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Dowling House

220 Diagonal St, Galena, IL 61036-2241
+1 815-777-1250
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Very historic and the staff here is so sweet and friendly. Good but very brief tour. Not sure its... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Naperville, Illinois
Good tour

This tour had a lot of information about different inventions that I had never known about. The... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Constantine, Michigan
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220 Diagonal St, Galena, IL 61036-2241
+1 815-777-1250
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Very historic and the staff here is so sweet and friendly. Good but very brief tour. Not sure its worth $10.00 a person for 30 min? But its something to see for sure!

Thank gqrochi
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This tour had a lot of information about different inventions that I had never known about. The second floor was the living quarters and learned about how life was in this time period. Start here and get a combination ticket for the Belvedere.

Thank loriandgerald
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Enjoyed the tour and information very much. Easy walk from the beautiful downtown. Glad we decided to go check it out.

Thank EnjoyLifeAlways
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped to see this home because of it is the oldest stone structure in Illinois. Tried to get a tour according to website hours but was told trolley tour trumped the public even if trolley is late or doesn't show up. Had to come back...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Dowling House is the oldest building in Galena, Illinois, dating to 1826. Located at 220 Diagonal Street, at the east end of Main Street, the limestone house was constructed in the single-pen style. The first floor was used as a trading post while the...More

Thank Taylor B
Reviewed 28 July 2017

We were here as first stop of the 2 1/2hr trolley tour. Can walk here easily as is in town. Very interesting "old" home. Our guide was very nice, informative and seemed to enjoy his job. Great historical site.

Thank capieillinifans
Reviewed 21 July 2017 via mobile

The bottom floor was the store and still packed with lots of interesting items explained by the tour guide. Then you go up the narrow stairs to see the living quarters, which definitely make you appreciate modern life! This isn't a long tour, but is...More

Thank Deborah W
Reviewed 20 July 2017 via mobile

This old house, originally a trading post and home, has been well restored from a deplorable state. The owners did add a room to the upstairs living quarters and added a stairway, but it still has a great, authentic feeling. The docent was very personable...More

Thank Shirley C
Reviewed 3 July 2017

This shows a nice slice of history about how the area was first settled and that this was a VERY well off family in the day. Interesting how they lived on top of the store and it is built into the hill so the kitchen...More

Thank GiGiWest23
Reviewed 23 June 2017

The tour was really good - very informative. Small house, but it wasn't built to accommodate large tours :-) We did have to come back since a Trolley Tour had bought out the 2pm tour, but there was plenty to do while we waited. Overall,...More

Thank Kate D
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Teresa G
17 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.