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Washburne House State Historic Site

908 3rd St, Galena, IL 61036-2627
+1 815-777-3310
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Interesting Home!

Very helpful and informed docents. Interesting history and family with many connections to... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Andrew D
Anniversary weekend

What a great piece of history! Thanks to the ladies that volunteer and share your time and... read more

Reviewed 8 May 2017
Champaign, Illinois
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908 3rd St, Galena, IL 61036-2627
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very helpful and informed docents. Interesting history and family with many connections to important historical events. Wish the hours open were not so limited.

Thank Andrew D
Reviewed 8 May 2017 via mobile

What a great piece of history! Thanks to the ladies that volunteer and share your time and knowledge with the public. Wish the state had $ to finish the second floor renovations, but it's illinois. What a dedicated public servant, what a life time of...More

Thank eskswach
Reviewed 24 September 2016

We happened to arrive on what would have been Mr. Washburne's 200th birthday. Nice tour by nice people. Open Fridays only. Tours are free, but donations are accepted. a nice bit of history.

2  Thank KarenM4799
Reviewed 13 September 2016

It was great to hear the life story of an individual that is almost forgotten in history now. Very influential individual. The tour guides give a very vibrant depiction of this individual and they many things that he did for our country. Don't miss it.

2  Thank Dieter N
Reviewed 22 August 2016

This was my favorite place in Galena. The history will blow you away! It is only open on Fridays, so plan accordingly. This is a "don't miss" historical site when in Galena.

2  Thank Ruffian72
Reviewed 17 August 2016

Our tour guide was thorough and knowledgable. The house is faithfully restored to much of its original state. The 30 minute tour was just enough to make us want to learn more about Mr. Washburne.

1  Thank Keylime67
Reviewed 9 August 2016 via mobile

Last time we were here , the State was working on restoring this home. It it the site of one of Galenas founding fathers. Very successful political figure in the House of Representatives and Ambassador to France. A pallbearer for President Lincoln and close friend...More

3  Thank Robert H
Reviewed 6 August 2016

make it s stop if you can- you get an amazing and thorough history of the man, the town and times - Nancy, our docent was excellent - and she deserves all our thanks as a volunteer with the Questers - because there is no...More

1  Thank Debra P
Reviewed 19 June 2016

This was a wonderful chance to get some history in on a HOT day! Was cool in home. Tour guide was not big on dates, but shared what she knew of the family and how they lived. Fascinating and lovely house to tour. There is...More

1  Thank atvgirl
Reviewed 2 June 2016

We visited here while visiting Galena over Memorial Day Weekend. The staff was friendly and the tour was informative. If you are planning on seeing Ulysses' home then you should add this to your list as well. Well worth the visit. It is right across...More

1  Thank BabelFish
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Is the site wheelchair accessible?
16 October 2015|
Response from Christine H |
No, unfortunately it is not.
Wheelchair accessible?
16 October 2015|
Response from Sandra B | Reviewed this property |
Hi!I honestly don't know for sure.I think not because there are stairs to climb.Both going in the building and inside.