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Dowling House

220 Diagonal St, Galena, IL 61036-2241
+1 815-777-1250
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A snapshot of life and commerce during another era

The bottom floor was the store and still packed with lots of interesting items explained by the... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Deborah W
Little Rock, Arkansas
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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 5 days ago
Shirley C
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220 Diagonal St, Galena, IL 61036-2241
+1 815-777-1250
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

The bottom floor was the store and still packed with lots of interesting items explained by the tour guide. Then you go up the narrow stairs to see the living quarters, which definitely make you appreciate modern life! This isn't a long tour, but is...More

Thank Deborah W
Reviewed 5 days ago 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 3 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
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Teresa G
18 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.