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Dowling House

220 Diagonal St, Galena, IL 61036-2241
+1 815-777-1250
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Just okay...

Stopped to see this home because of it is the oldest stone structure in Illinois. Tried to get a... read more

Reviewed 28 August 2017
beachliker
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Litchfield, Illinois
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Oldest building in Galena

The Dowling House is the oldest building in Galena, Illinois, dating to 1826. Located at 220... read more

Reviewed 22 August 2017
Taylor B
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Chicago, Illinois
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220 Diagonal St, Galena, IL 61036-2241
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Reviewed 28 August 2017 via mobile

Stopped to see this home because of it is the oldest stone structure in Illinois. Tried to get a tour according to website hours but was told trolley tour trumped the public even if trolley is late or doesn't show up. Had to come back...More

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Reviewed 22 August 2017

The Dowling House is the oldest building in Galena, Illinois, dating to 1826. Located at 220 Diagonal Street, at the east end of Main Street, the limestone house was constructed in the single-pen style. The first floor was used as a trading post while the...More

Thank Taylor B
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Reviewed 28 July 2017

We were here as first stop of the 2 1/2hr trolley tour. Can walk here easily as is in town. Very interesting "old" home. Our guide was very nice, informative and seemed to enjoy his job. Great historical site.

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Reviewed 22 July 2017 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
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Reviewed 21 July 2017 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
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Reviewed 3 July 2017

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
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Reviewed 24 June 2017

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
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Reviewed 23 June 2017

It doesn't look like much, but it has an interesting and significance. Our guide was very knowledgeable.

Thank richbob41
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Reviewed 9 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
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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
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Teresa G
18 April 2016|
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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.
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Mohit K
12 July 2015|
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Thirty minute tours.
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