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Ellwood House Museum

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Address: 509 N 1st St, DeKalb, IL 60115-3232
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+1 815-756-4609

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Great historical museum!

This is an awesome place to visit, don't skip out on the tours! Great history of the city and the start of bard wire! This place is a must see when you visit!

Reviewed 14 January 2017
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32 reviews
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Reviewed 14 January 2017 via mobile

This is an awesome place to visit, don't skip out on the tours! Great history of the city and the start of bard wire! This place is a must see when you visit!

Thank ToddMason1020
Dixon, IL
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38 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 December 2016

Visited on a cold, cloudy Saturday for the tour during the Christmas season. This was not the holiday open house, but a basic tour that happened at the time they had decorated for the season. Every room had a lovely tree or vintage Christmas touch, even the sink in a bedroom had festive glass balls filling it (photo). Excellent tour... More 

Thank JLKDix
Buffalo Grove, Illinois
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13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 December 2016

Maybe this wasn't the first choice of what to do on a Sunday afternoon for my 19-year-old college student, but in the end we both enjoyed our tour of Ellwood House Museum. It was beautifully decorated for Christmas, and we were allowed to see all floors of the mansion. The tour guide shared so many historical notes about the Ellwood... More 

Thank Monica T
Sycamore, Illinois
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34 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 September 2016

We live in the area and are members of the Ellwood House. We still learn something new on every tour. Docent Donna is highly knowledgeable on the Ellwood family history. If you are in the area, or passing by on I-88, consider stopping in when they are open ~ check online for dates. They always have a beautiful Christmas open... More 

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DeKalb, Illinois
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16 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

A fascinating look at how the wealthy lived in Illinois. The family history and furnishing are all kept intact and are explained by highly trained docents who impart not only the family history but also the important role of Barb wire and 'oil' which built the mansion and paid for all the furnishings --most of which are original as the... More 

Thank stevenjohnson2016
East Peoria,IL
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79 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 July 2016

Issac Ellwood saw a good thing when he got into business with Jacob Haish and produced barbed wire. The Ellwood House mansion was built by Issac Ellwood for his family. He and his wife lived in the house until passing away in 1910. Perry Ellwood and his wife inherited the home at that time. The home is restored to the... More 

Thank LAAEastPeoria_IL
DeKalb, IL
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117 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 July 2016 via mobile

The Ellwood House is an ornate, well preserved late 19th century mansion. It is opulent without being gaudy, and it is well worth visiting. It is the kind of place you drive by and wish you could live there. Although I wouldn't want to after going through:. Great museum, not necessarily a place to move into!

Thank eggbert_tg
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 29 May 2016 via mobile

Very nice informative and fun tour So interesting to learn the past history about families and how the came up with the barb wire idea

Thank Linda A
Chicago, Illinois
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191 reviews
96 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 May 2016

Ellwood did not invent barbed wire but he sure knew what do to with it and the house he built shows it. Superb wood lines the entrance hall, an Venetian blown glass chandelier hangs in the stairwell. The stained glass windows look to be from the 1920s. The living room fireplace is of Caen limestone, imported from France probably around... More 

Thank Rolf A
DeKalb, Illinois
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29 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 April 2016

I went on a tour with my son who had missed the school trip while he was out sick. We had a great tour of a turn of the past century mansion. Ellwood House is the centrally located Mansion of the family of one of the inventors of the trademarked barbed wire for fencing. It is a beautifully maintained home... More 

Thank Beth P

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