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Galena Things to Do: 20 reviews and 58 photos

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On my third visit to Galena, I finally was able to visit the Belvedere Mansion and Gardens.

This is an Italianate style home as it has a well-defined, asymmetrical blocks of various elevations. The roofs are low pitched with ample overhangs for supporting brackets. It has the typical square, off-center belvedere [thus, the name]. The front bay window is common.

The home was built for J. Russell Jones who was a young steamship owner who became the ambassador to Belgium. This home was built in 1857.

Our tour included the assistance of two tour guides; a man for the downstairs, and a woman for the upstairs and the rest of the downstairs.

It cost $10.00 for this tour, and it was worth the money.

My personal favorite in the home was the Green velvet drapes that have been purchased [they were the ones used in the movie, "Gone With The Wind"

I always learn something new when I go on house tours. This time, I was introduced to the "Coffin corner" which is a indented place in the stairwell that was used to make it possible to move a coffin without making marks on the walls. Today, it is used as a place to store a vase or other decorative piece. I also saw for the first time a hall clock that was made with only two legs. It leans against the wall; it is bolted to the wall.

This home cost $30,00 in 1857. The owner only lived there for four years; it stood empty for 30 years. It has a several owners since that time. The present owners have opened it to the public on certain days. They have furnished it with items from collections they have purchased.

The portion of the house where the "inside workers who were female and not married" stayed did not have heat when Jones lived here. I found that fact quite revealing of the attitude of the times.

I would highly encourage you to take this tour of this wonderful Italianate Home.

Address: 1008 Park Avenue

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  • Updated Sep 10, 2007
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