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The Dowling House, Galena
(3.2/5 based on 120+ reviews on the web)
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TripAdvisor
  • 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 se...  more »
  • Make sure to tour this house. Very interesting and informative with a great tour guide who provided lots of great information. 
  • 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...  more »
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  • This attraction has very limited hours, and it's a very short tour. I thought the house was very interesting, the history behind it was something I've been interested in for a couple of years now. The tour was pretty bland and the tour guide was less than entertaining. I don't usually give bad reviews, I always look for a silver lining. I'm hard pressed to find one here though. No pictures because the flash could damage the antiques? I don't think so. We weren't allowed to investigate any of the structure, and the tour guide is weird. The entire tour lasted perhaps 20 minutes, and I have a strange feeling there was much more history to that place than we were presented.
  • I enjoyed the tour of the oldest house in Galena. It is definitely worth a stop.