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Ellwood House Museum, DeKalb

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#50 of 104 in Museums in Illinois
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  • Such history and interesting place. Dekalb treasures this gift of the Ellwood family and lovingly takes care of it as well as passing along the tales of the early days of the families involved. Beauti...  more »
  • Built in 1879 by Isaac Ellwood for the incredible price of forty thousand dollars, this magnificent mansion is a window into the American past of wealth and opportunity. Ellwood was the co-inventor of...  more »
  • A fascinating tour of time long past. Richly decorated and very much practical for a family of the times. Also check out the Museum which highlights the city where barb wire was created.  more »
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  • The museum campus includes two elegant homes built by the Ellwood family. The older home, built in 1879, is fully furnished with the family's furniture and is available to be toured from March to November. This first weekend of December is always a special treat because the house is beautifully decorated for Christmas by local groups and businesses. Also, local musicians play Christmas music in the rotunda. Light refreshments are served in the visitor's center which has an excellent free exhibit about the family and their barbed wire business. Well worth a visit!
  • If you live in Dekalb (or your just visiting for some reason) I'd recommend dropping in the visitor center here. It's free to the public- and there's an interesting exhibit of barb wire history on the second floor.
  • Dedicated staff offers great tours of this historic DeKalb house, they painstakingly decorate a late nineteenth century manor to impressive detail, based off of original photographs and the testimony of surviving Ellwood family members. Tours are of decent length, as the house is enormous, price is reasonable and a great date spot for students at Northern Illinois University.
  • Beautiful place for taking great pictures!
  • Had a tour and what a nice afternoon learning something new. Beautiful home! We visited on March 24th. Will return soon.

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