Ellwood House Museum

Visitor Information

509 N 1st ST
DeKalb, Illinois 60115

Phone: 815-756-4609
Website: http://www.ellwoodhouse.org
Hours: The museum is open from March through the first weekend of December. Closed on Mondays and holidays. Guided tours: Tuesday through Friday 1 pm & 3pm Full Mansion Tour Saturday & Sunday 1 pm First Floors Tour (visitors will be led on a guided tour through the first floor of the Ellwood‐Nehring House, followed by the first floor of the mansion. 2 pm & 3pm Full Mansion Tour Tours begin in the Visitor Center. Only the first floor of the mansion is accessible via wheelchair. Tour pricing: Adults $8.00; Youth ages 6‐17 $3.00; under 6 free of charge Group tours for ten or more may be scheduled in advance by calling 815‐756‐4609

National Trust for Historic Preservation Member Discount: $1.00 off admission 10% off merchandise in Museum ranlentShop.


The Ellwood House was designed by George O. Garnsey and built in 1879 for barbed wire baron Isaac Ellwood and his wife Harriet. In typical Victorian fashion, the house featured elements of several historical styles, including Victorian Gothic and Second Empire style. The mansion underwent architectural changes in both 1898 and 1910, with the addition of Georgian features and an Arts & Crafts sunroom with a large exterior terrace. As a result of these changes, the Ellwood House assumed much more of the feeling of an elegant country house, integrated into the landscape and its spacious pastoral setting.