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Side Trips from Chicago Sights

Belvedere Mansion and Garden Tour

  • 1008 Park Ave.
  • Galena

Fodor's Review

This 22-room Italianate mansion even merited a write-up in the Galena newspaper when it was built in 1857 for steamboat magnate—later ambassador to Belgium—J. Russell Jones. Although it is still a private residence, the current owners invite visitors for guided tours for half the year. In addition to the ornate woodwork and incredible collection of chandeliers, you'll find a fascinating selection of items picked up by various owners throughout the years, including

glittering pieces from Liberace's estate and the famous velvet green drapes from "Gone With the Wind."

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Sight Information


1008 Park Ave., Galena, 61036, United States



Sight Details:

  • $12; children $6; under 8 free
  • May-Oct. Sun.-Fri. 11-4; Sat. 11-5.


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