Downton Abbey

See why visitors call this the Downton Abbey of Galena

Located just off of the Highway 20 bridge crossing over the Galena River stands the tall, majestic white and red brick home, the Belvedere Mansion.

Given names such as “Galena’s crown jewel”, and “The Downton Abbey of Galena,” this grand mansion brings in many visitors during its touring season of mid-May to mid-November.

Guests are given a tour of the exquisite interior, which boasts many unique and impressive antiques from all around the world.

Tour groups are taken through the home to learn about the Jones family, life in Galena during the 1860s and the exclusive heir-l ooms that make up the lavish decor.

Upon entering the mansion, guests are greeted with a view of the grand spiraling staircase.

The main floor houses the womens’ and mens’ parlor, where each gender would reside after dinner. Richard Burlingame, the current owner of the Belvedere explained the reasoning behind these two rooms.

“After dinner, the men would come to the mens’ parlor to smoke,” said Burlingame.

The dining room, library, conservatory and Victorian style four seasons porch are also located on the main floor, and showcase impressive pieces, including an original Louis Comfort Tiffany period chandelier, the green curtains from the highly acclaimed film, “Gone With the Wind” and a pair of 17th century carved marble urns.

Visitors are taken up the servant’s staircase to the second floor to experience the home from two different view points: that of the servant, and that of the resident.

Guests get an inside look at the servants quarters and the residential living area, which are separated by a single door.