Dowling House


Galena's oldest home was built in 1826 by Irish immigrant John Dowling as a trading post selling goods to workers in the area's lead mines. Constructed of native limestone, it has the distinction of being the oldest standing stone structure in the state. The family lived on the second floor, which is furnished in the simple style of the time. A butter churn stands in the kitchen. Downstairs, the home contains objects Dowling might have offered for sale in his store, such as oil lamps, candle molds, and other artifacts, all dating back 150 to 200 years. Among the most prized exhibit is a fine collection of Galena Pottery, made from 1841 to 1847 of local clay and glazed with lead. Dowling House is owned and operated by Historic Galena Foundation and offers 30-minute tours.


220 Diagonal St
Galena, IL 61036


42.41693800, -90.42693000
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(815) 777-1250

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