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Dowling House

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

If my memory is accurate, this building, which was originally a trading post with the living... read more

Reviewed 25 October 2016
Stoughton, Wisconsin
Quite a save

The oldest stone house in Illinois. The way that it was constructed, fallen into disrepair and then... read more

Reviewed 18 October 2016
Ken P
Chillicothe, Illinois
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220 Diagonal St, Galena, IL 61036-2241
+1 815-777-1250
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Reviewed 25 October 2016

If my memory is accurate, this building, which was originally a trading post with the living quarters on top, is the oldest stone building in Illinois. It was built by a Mr. Dowling in the 1800's, was vacant and fell into disrepair over 50 years...More

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Reviewed 18 October 2016

The oldest stone house in Illinois. The way that it was constructed, fallen into disrepair and then saved is quite a story. Our guide did an amazing job. It was as though we were in the 1800's

Thank Ken P
Reviewed 3 October 2016

It's the oldest house in Galena. Very rustic, interesting. Very much what you would expect to see. Tour is about 20 min.

Thank Steven S
Reviewed 2 October 2016

Sign says open at 10:30, but tours aren't until 11am and seem to run every 1/2 hour. A very informative tour of the oldest home in Galena. At the Belvedere we purchased a dual ticket which saved us a few dollars off each attraction. Great...More

1  Thank JM1485
Reviewed 26 September 2016

I think we went into house in between tour times due to a fluke of misinformation and an unlocked door. The tour guide was so nice and gave us our own tour. It was very interesting.

Thank Melanie W
Reviewed 11 September 2016

The tour was very informative and not long and boring. Very interesting and worth the money. We were glad we took this tour.

Thank Nancy P
Reviewed 20 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 18 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 7 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
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Teresa G
What are the other attractions availible for the combo package?
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
Does this museum have tours? If yes how long is each tour? Thanks for helping me!
12 July 2015|
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Thirty minute tours.