Dillon Home Museum

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Dillon Home

The Dillon Home is a work of Italianate Architecture, built in 1858 for Civil War Brigadier General, Edward Needles Kirk. The Kirk’s had plans to raise a large family in the home, but when Edward died from a wound sustained at the Battle of Stone’s River, his wife Eliza returned to Pennsylvania. The home went through few changes, but several owners, before Washington Dillon purchased it in 1882.

Filled with treasures and virtually untouched by time, the home is a place you must visit to learn the local history. Home to P.W. Dillon, President of Northwestern Steel and Wire, the homes’ grandeur is a remarkable sight, as his wife, Crete, was an avid traveler, and collector of eclectic pieces and period furniture. Unique from most historic home museums, The Dillon Home retains all of the original furnishings and belongings, as the estate was conveyed to the Sterling Park District after PW.’s passing in 1980.

The home is available for wedding rental. Unlike any other venue in our region, the manicured, spacious grounds, fountain, and towering two-story enclosed porch will be the perfect setting for your special day.

Dillon Home Museum


1005 East Third Street
(The Historical Society is located in the Carriage house)


Dillon Home: (815) 622-6202
Sterling Rock Falls Historical Society: (815) 622-6215

Dillon Home Train

Guided Tours

Every Thursday & Friday: 10:00AM, 11:00AM, 1:00PM, 2:00PM
(Or by appointment only from 3:00-5:00PM)

* Closed on Friday, May 27, 2022 *

2nd Weekend of Each Month:
Saturday & Sunday: 10:00AM, 11:00AM, 1:00PM, 2:00PM
(Or by appointment only from 3:00-5:00PM)

Admission Fees

General Admission: $5.50
Seniors (60+): $4.50
5 & under: Free


(815) 622-6202 or dillonhome@sterlingparks.org





1005 East Third Street
Sterling, IL 61081

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