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Ellwood House Museum

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Address: 509 N 1st St, DeKalb, IL 60115-3232
Phone Number: +1 815-756-4609
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Big history in a (relatively) small city

We live in the area and are members of the Ellwood House. We still learn something new on every tour. Docent Donna is highly knowledgeable on the Ellwood family history. If you... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 27 September 2016
Chas L
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Sycamore, Illinois
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Sycamore, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016

We live in the area and are members of the Ellwood House. We still learn something new on every tour. Docent Donna is highly knowledgeable on the Ellwood family history. If you are in the area, or passing by on I-88, consider stopping in when they are open ~ check online for dates. They always have a beautiful Christmas open... More 

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DeKalb, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

A fascinating look at how the wealthy lived in Illinois. The family history and furnishing are all kept intact and are explained by highly trained docents who impart not only the family history but also the important role of Barb wire and 'oil' which built the mansion and paid for all the furnishings --most of which are original as the... More 

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East Peoria,IL
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2016

Issac Ellwood saw a good thing when he got into business with Jacob Haish and produced barbed wire. The Ellwood House mansion was built by Issac Ellwood for his family. He and his wife lived in the house until passing away in 1910. Perry Ellwood and his wife inherited the home at that time. The home is restored to the... More 

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DeKalb, IL
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2016 via mobile

The Ellwood House is an ornate, well preserved late 19th century mansion. It is opulent without being gaudy, and it is well worth visiting. It is the kind of place you drive by and wish you could live there. Although I wouldn't want to after going through:. Great museum, not necessarily a place to move into!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 2016 via mobile

Very nice informative and fun tour So interesting to learn the past history about families and how the came up with the barb wire idea

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 May 2016

Ellwood did not invent barbed wire but he sure knew what do to with it and the house he built shows it. Superb wood lines the entrance hall, an Venetian blown glass chandelier hangs in the stairwell. The stained glass windows look to be from the 1920s. The living room fireplace is of Caen limestone, imported from France probably around... More 

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DeKalb, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 April 2016

I went on a tour with my son who had missed the school trip while he was out sick. We had a great tour of a turn of the past century mansion. Ellwood House is the centrally located Mansion of the family of one of the inventors of the trademarked barbed wire for fencing. It is a beautifully maintained home... More 

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DeKalb, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 2016

We live nearby this historic mansion. It is furnished and decorated with many original pieces of furniture as well as a number of personal possessions from the family that lived in it. It is sometimes characterized as "the house barbed wire built". Guided tours available for a reasonable fee. Check the website for hours. This beautiful turn-of-the-century home sits in... More 

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Sandwich, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2016

Fascinating old house and museum in old DeKalb, IL. Well worth your time. I can't remember if it was handi-cap friendly or not, better call ahead. It is part of the fascinating history of old DeKalb, IL "The Barbed Wire Capital".

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Thank Cadet62
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2015 via mobile

I've been to Ellwood house many times over the years. The barb wire history portion is nice and informative. But it is the beautiful mansion that makes an outing worthwhile. By far, holiday time is the best time to go. Love all the decorations and history.

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