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Dowling House

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Great Tour

A nice stop. Very informational and tour guide was fantastic. Made the tour fun. Well worth the... read more

Reviewed 22 October 2018
Brian K
Sun Prairie, Wisconsin
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Thats some old building

Short tour, (a little pricey for what is there), but very historical. The tour guide was very... read more

Reviewed 18 September 2018
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Reviewed 6 November 2018

Much better than I had thought it would be! Lots of info from the guide lady. Not very handicap friendly! but the guide helped

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Lois H
Reviewed 4 November 2018

Tourguide was knowledgeable and told us a very interesting and detailed background on the house itself, it’s occupants, and Galena in that time era. The tour was short, but a nice break in between shopping and wine tasting. Tour was very accommodating to all in...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 22 October 2018 via mobile

A nice stop. Very informational and tour guide was fantastic. Made the tour fun. Well worth the admission.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Brian K
Reviewed 17 October 2018 via mobile

A tour of this house is a must! So much history and interesting information. Much of the decor is original from the period and it just makes you feel like you're part of the 1800's. The backstory ties in with well with the rest of...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Vicki M
Reviewed 15 October 2018 via mobile

The idea that the Dowlings came from Ireland without his wife and became quite successful & influential in community and politics. He was very philanthropic. Thankfully Mr. McCoy stepped in and saved that historic property for the rest of us to appreciate!

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank purplehotgirl
Reviewed 8 October 2018

No visit to Galena should be without a trip to the Dowling House to learn some wonderful history not only of the house, but the times, the traditions, and the area itself. You can walk to it (right downtown) or you can take the trolley...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Rhonda W
Reviewed 18 September 2018

Short tour, (a little pricey for what is there), but very historical. The tour guide was very informative, as she answered any and all questions.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank 721Douglas
Reviewed 17 September 2018 via mobile

Good visit for the history. Tour guide was very informative and friendly. You could really tell she enjoys what she does.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank jstrickler01
Reviewed 7 September 2018

Very informative plus got a $1 discount per ticket at the Old Fashioned Ice Cream Shop. the tour guide was enthusiastic friendly and very informative

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank myerkes
Reviewed 29 August 2018

This was the third place included on our trolley tour ticket. It was the least impressive of the three homes (also saw Grant's home and the Belvedere Mansion). The tour guide wasn't very dynamic and the uneven terrain leading up to the home was a...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Katie H
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Teresa G
18 April 2016|
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Response from Duane F | Reviewed this property |
The Belvidere mansion is included in the package but not worth the money. It is basically a store house for a rich mans hobby of buying antiques and fancy stuff. The house is way over packed with stuff that has nothing in... More
Mohit K
12 July 2015|
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Thirty minute tours.