Tour of Historic Homes

49th Annual Tour of Homes lineup announced

September 24 and 25 event to feature Congressman E.B. Washburne

Galena’s incredible architecture and one of its most famous citizens, Elihu B. Washburne, will take center stage during the 49th Annual Tour of Historic Galena Homes. Commemorating the four-term Congressman’s 200th birthday, this year’s tour will feature several homes in the Washburne neighborhood. The popular event is hosted by the Galena-Jo Daviess County Historical Society with guided tours running from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 24 and 25, 2016.

A sixth “bonus” home will be included from 1 to 5pm Sunday: Jail Hill Inn (319 Meeker), which was under major renovations during the 2015 tour, is now complete and will be included in the tour Sunday afternoon only. Admission to this home is free with the purchase of a Home Tour ticket, as is admission to the Galena & U.S. Grant Museum.

On Saturday evening, Sept. 24, at 8 p.m., there will be a special celebration of Elihu Washburne’s 200th Birthday at the DeSoto House Hotel. The event will include champagne, chocolates, and birthday cake, and will feature Lincoln, Grant, and Washburne portrayals. Reservations are required by Sept. 16 for this event. The cost is $25 per person. Contact the Historical Society at 815-777-9129, or visit to complete your reservation. The birthday celebration is hosted by the Galena Belles Questers. Proceeds will benefit the Galena-Jo Daviess County Historical Society and the local IHPA sites.

You can CLICK HERE for a viewable, printable brochure with maps and detailed information for Home Tour Weekend.

You can call 815.777.9129 to order before the early purchase deadline of 4pm on September 16th. Early purchases are $18 per ticket and $20 thereafter.

Tickets can also be purchased the weekend of the event for $20 at either Gateway to History, the museum or at any of the Tour homes. The Tour of Historic Homes is sponsored by Illinois Bank & Trust, with additional support from United Country Heartland Realty