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Washburne House State Historic Site

908 3rd St, Galena, IL 61036-2627
+1 815-777-3310
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A beautiful home

The Washburne House was started in 1843 and is built in what is known as the Greek Revival-style... read more

Reviewed 24 November 2017
Chicago, Illinois
History You Were Never Taught.

Washburn was a congressman who was friends with Lincoln & Grant. It was in this house that a... read more

Reviewed 7 October 2017
Madisonville, Louisiana
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908 3rd St, Galena, IL 61036-2627
+1 815-777-3310
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Reviewed 24 November 2017

The Washburne House was started in 1843 and is built in what is known as the Greek Revival-style which is why it has the large pillars and the portico in front. The house was completed in 1845 and enlarged about sixteen years later. Only two...More

Thank Allen21096
Reviewed 7 October 2017

Washburn was a congressman who was friends with Lincoln & Grant. It was in this house that a telegraph was set up to get the election results when Grant was elected President. They give a wonderful one hour tour of the house & a great...More

Thank skyhawk13
Reviewed 2 September 2017 via mobile

Note that this attraction is only open on Fridays and Saturdays from 10-1. But it is very worthwhile. The docent was so knowledgeable and professional, and we wonder why nobody has heard of this guy! He had an incredible impact here in the US and...More

Thank Nickley
Reviewed 27 August 2017 via mobile

This historical home is free to enter and tour. The docents do provide a nicely narrated 30 minute tour and are very knowledgeable about the home. You will experience and understand more about the Washburne, Grant and Lincoln relationship after you make this stop. Artifacts...More

Thank beachliker
Reviewed 22 August 2017

Elihu B. Washburne was a prominent lawyer, U.S. Congressman, political adviser to Abraham Lincoln and U.S. Grant, U.S. Secretary of State and ambassador to France. He built one of the grandest houses in Galena and, most importantly, vigorously promoted the military and political career of...More

Thank Taylor B
Reviewed 2 August 2017

This is a look back in time. Original pieces from the 1800's. This mansion should be on your itinerary !

Thank msmcdan1
Reviewed 22 July 2017 via mobile

This house is only open on Friday and Saturday from 10:00-1:00 since it is run by volunteers, but it is definitely worth working into your visit to Galena. This is where Grant learned by telegraph that he had been elected as President of the U.S....More

1  Thank Deborah W
Reviewed 5 July 2017

We have passed by this home for over 15 years and have never stopped for a visit until this month. What a beautiful, historic home. Our tour guide was great. Very knowledgable.

Thank B M
Reviewed 30 May 2017

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
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16 October 2015|
Response from Christine H |
No, unfortunately it is not.
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.