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Spent a couple hours here learning of local history. Museum was very informative and through. Wish... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Dixon, Illinois
A good view of wealthy life in the Midwest!

This is a beautiful house with elegant furnishings and creative use of space. It is a good way to... read more

Reviewed 1 September 2018
John J
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509 N 1st St, DeKalb, IL 60115-3232
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 21 October 2011

This is a house with four stories of history and several generation's family behind it. The house is beautiful, and from the attic to the basement are stories of the family whose history shaped DeKalb and the Midwest. The tour is suitable for all ages,...More

2  Thank KatieBLutheran
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Reviewed 19 February 2012

As a local, I find it an interesting place. The home is beautiful and the tour enjoyable. The museum has a nice display on the history of barb wire and its production. If you want a truly wonderful experience, Christmas is a GREAT time to...More

1  Thank lovestotravel101
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Spent a couple hours here learning of local history. Museum was very informative and through. Wish we could have spent more time there! The house tour was very well done - personal and engaging.

Thank nancylee54
Reviewed 1 September 2018

This is a beautiful house with elegant furnishings and creative use of space. It is a good way to view how the wealthy lived in Dekalb.

Thank John J
Reviewed 4 August 2018

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 31 July 2018

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
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