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Dowling House

220 Diagonal St, Galena, IL 61036-2241
+1 815-777-1250
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Oldest Structure in Galena

This house was one of the first places we wanted to visit just because of it's historical... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Rock Island, Illinois
Strange Site

This was a strange site. The history of the site was interesting, but it wasn't until the end of... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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  • Very good24%
  • Average18%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible4%
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“trading post” (11 reviews)
“oldest stone” (5 reviews)
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220 Diagonal St, Galena, IL 61036-2241
+1 815-777-1250
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Reviewed 6 days ago

This house was one of the first places we wanted to visit just because of it's historical significance. The house was filled with artifacts that went with the house and it's history. It was very neat to see! The tour guide was less than thrilling....More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was a strange site. The history of the site was interesting, but it wasn't until the end of the tour when we realize the tour guide LOCKED us in! had there been a fire or something, we would have been toast, because there was...More

Thank LNStPaulResident
Reviewed 12 October 2017

Maybe it was an "off" day for them, we don't know. However, it was just a very plain jane tour and we wanted to know more about the family who built it and lived there. The "general store" below was neat to know about, and...More

1  Thank NorthShoreDoc
Reviewed 30 September 2017

Built in 1826, the Dowling House is just a simple stone structure, but it represents the rich history of the riverside town. They offer tours, but unless you're really into the history of the place, you could skip the tour; there are many places with...More

1  Thank Raintree_Thailand
Reviewed 25 September 2017 via mobile

We were there on, I believe, Thursday, August 3rd. It was pouring rain and we were held out in it even after start of tour time. We were a polite, mature group. The tour guide, a tall, slender, 50ish gentleman, rather ruined viewing this beautiful,...More

3  Thank Tree C
Reviewed 19 September 2017

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 8 September 2017

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 4 September 2017

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

Thank EnjoyLifeAlways
Reviewed 27 August 2017 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

2  Thank beachliker
Reviewed 21 August 2017

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

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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.