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Missed the Tours But Grounds and Museum Are Well Done

We were unable to be there for a tour but we walked the grounds which are beautiful. Flowers and... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Cynthia A
Columbia, Missouri
Beautiful grounds!

Our family of seven traveled to DeKalb for an over night to visit our daughter at NIU. We walked... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Des Moines, Iowa, United States
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were unable to be there for a tour but we walked the grounds which are beautiful. Flowers and the hostas are beautiful. We looked in the small Victorian doll house which is really a treat. Would be exactly what I would have loved as...More

Thank Cynthia A
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our family of seven traveled to DeKalb for an over night to visit our daughter at NIU. We walked about the grounds of the Ellwood house, but we unfortunately missed all of the guided tours. :( I would love to check out the inside of...More

Thank AngieP1988
Reviewed 29 March 2018 via mobile

We took a drive up to DeKalb to see the Ellwood House Museum. We did not know a thing about it, just set out for the day. We decided to do the tour of the mansion. Let me tell you, our tour guide was FABULOUS!...More

Thank MamaBooge
Reviewed 22 January 2018

Elegant mansion, beautiful gardens, and a lovely child-sized Victorian home situated in the backyard between the woods and butterfly garden.

Thank Aubrieta H
Reviewed 26 November 2017

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. Beautifully decorated for Christmas.

Thank GBrooks91
Reviewed 24 October 2017

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 barbed wire and parlayed it into a fabulous fortune. The house is...More

Thank markmillieramon
Reviewed 25 August 2017

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.

Thank Alan W
Reviewed 8 August 2017

Docents are very knowledgeable about the property. Home is kept in great condition with many period furnishings. Not good for people with walkers or wheelchairs. Lots of stairs.

Thank marilynp636
Reviewed 6 July 2017

I had a very nice time learning about the history of barbed wire. I never realized there was so many different kinds. I did not tour the house part, just the exhibit. The lady working there was very nice and informative.

Thank Brian F
Reviewed 1 July 2017

This house is a fine example of what money could buy in the 1879, 1890, 1912 and so forth as you slice through the various building and renovation and redecorating phases the house has survived. While the outside is mostly red brick, the interior is...More

Thank Rolf A
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