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Dowling House

220 Diagonal St, Galena, IL 61036-2241
+1 815-777-1250
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Didn't think this would be much of a tour, but was wrong! Very good historical info, giving us a... read more

Reviewed 25 February 2017
Judith B
Excellent History of the Past

This was our first stop on a last minute decision of taking a trolley tour to see the sights... read more

Reviewed 31 October 2016
Teresa C
Edwardsville, Illinois, United States
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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 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
Reviewed 4 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 21 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

3  Thank markster1978
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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.