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Dowling House

220 Diagonal St, Galena, IL 61036-2241
+1 815-777-1250
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Oldest house open for tours in Galena

This old house, originally a trading post and home, has been well restored from a deplorable state... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Shirley C
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Great stop for history lovers

This shows a nice slice of history about how the area was first settled and that this was a VERY... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
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220 Diagonal St, Galena, IL 61036-2241
+1 815-777-1250
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Reviewed yesterday 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 2 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It doesn't look like much, but it has an interesting and significance. Our guide was very knowledgeable.

Thank richbob41
Reviewed 8 June 2017

The guide was very informative and very nice. I was surprised how nice the living quarters were. It is definitely a nice little tour

Thank Judy F
Reviewed 30 May 2017

We enjoyed the Dowling House - wish that there would have been more room to move around but understand that the building was not meant as an attraction. Would visit again - some good lessons to be learned from the visit.

Thank MissS4
Reviewed 18 May 2017

I can't say whether I love or hate the place because it's never open!! Even "in season" during posted hours, they aren't open. Clearly the webpage was out of date. :(

Thank RadioRFD
Reviewed 17 May 2017

Very good guided tour, the guide did an awesome job! Wish the prices were listed for the tour, I thought it was a little pricey, but was definitely worth the stop.

Thank Geanean C
Reviewed 1 March 2017

We were disappointed that it was not open but we look forward to visiting next time we're in town! Galena is a must see tourist town!

Thank Julie B
Reviewed 25 February 2017

Didn't think this would be much of a tour, but was wrong! Very good historical info, giving us a view of our past and what it was like!

Thank Judith B
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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.