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Dillon Home Museum

Sterling, Illinois - Whiteside County
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Address:

  • 1005 E. Third Street
  • Sterling, Illinois, 61081
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  • Family Friendly
  • History
  • Museums

Hours:

  • Thursday: see hours listed
  • Friday: see hours listed
  • Saturday: see hours listed

Amenities:

  • Family Friendly
  • Paid Admission
  • Guided Tour
  • Open to the public

Details

The Dillon Home is located in the heart of Sterling and is a work of Italianate Architecture, built in 1858 for Civil War Brigadier General Edward Needles Kirk.

Home to P.W. Dillon, owner of Northwestern Steel and Wire, the home is filled with treasures and virtually untouched by time, and the homeโ€™s grandeur is a remarkable sight. P.W. Dillonโ€™s wife was -an avid collector of eclectic pieces and period furniture. Unlike other historic home museums, The Dillon Home retains all the original furnishings and belongings, as the family donated the entire estate to the Sterling Park District after PWโ€™s passing in 1980.

The home is open for tours and is also available for weddings and other events. Unlike any other venue in our region, the manicured, spacious grounds, fountain, and towering two-story enclosed porch will be the perfect setting for any special occasion.

Tour Hours (updated 10/10/22)

Thursday-Friday:
10 am, 11 am, 1 pm, 2 pm
Appointment only from 3-5 pm.

The 2nd Weekend of every month | Saturday & Sunday:
10 am, 11 am, 1 pm, 2 pm
Appointment only from 3-5 pm.

Admission

5 and under: Free
Ages 6- Adult: $6
Senior (60+): $5

Meeting Types:

  • Business Meetings
  • Weddings
  • Family Reunions
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