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Ellwood House Museum

509 North First Street, DeKalb, IL 60115

Historic Sites

The Ellwood House Museum reflects the central role of Isaac Ellwood in the development of the barbed wire industry in America. The magnificent estate testifies to his aptitude for business and the breadth of his vision. It also reflects the tastes of multiple generations of the Ellwood family who guided the evolution of the grounds and structures.

Situated on a ten-acre estate, the Ellwood House Museum and Park features grassy lawns, a wooded area, formal gardens, two native garden areas, and the Berg Garden. The gardens and grounds are open dawn to dusk and can be investigated seven days a week without a tour guide. As you visit Ellwood House you will be aware of the comfort and quality of workmanship. At the same time, you also sense the warmth and hospitality of a family home that was lived in for almost one hundred years. The Ellwood House provides historical tours of the grand Victorian and are approximately one hour tour times. Event rental options are also available.


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Tours for groups of ten or more may be scheduled in advance. Please call 815-756-4609 for reservations.

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