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Dowling House

220 Diagonal St, Galena, IL 61036-2241
+1 815-777-1250
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The guide was very informative and very nice. I was surprised how nice the living quarters were. It... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Judy F
Great Visit - very small area for viewing with a group

We enjoyed the Dowling House - wish that there would have been more room to move around but... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Tama, Iowa
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220 Diagonal St, Galena, IL 61036-2241
+1 815-777-1250
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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 5 weeks ago

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 Clearly the webpage was out of date.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
Reviewed 31 October 2016 via mobile

This was our first stop on a last minute decision of taking a trolley tour to see the sights! Glad we did!! Very unique 1st home in Galena with wonderful tour guide. Highly recommend taking time to see this!!!

Thank Teresa C
Reviewed 30 October 2016

Make sure to tour this house. Very interesting and informative with a great tour guide who provided lots of great information.

Thank Connie W
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

Thank Lehman2214
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
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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.