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Ulysses S. Grant Home

Address: 500 Bouthillier St, Galena, IL 61036
Phone Number: 815 777 3310
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Ranked #1 of 13 Attractions in Galena
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Landmarks
Owner description: This Italianate-style brick house, with original furnishings, looks very much as it did in 1865...
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Type: Historic Sites, Landmarks
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Wed - Sun 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Owner description: This Italianate-style brick house, with original furnishings, looks very much as it did in 1865 when a group of townspeople presented it as a gift to Ulysses S. Grant on his victorious return from the Civil War.

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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106 reviews 106 reviews
36 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

No trip to Galena would be complete without a visit to this historic site. It is well preserved, there is plenty to see, easy access, good viewing. The guide is usually very informative and friendly, happy to be there. Plenty of parking. Walk the grounds on a nice day, it is a peaceful place.

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Galena, Illinois
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Love the history of this home & a lot of original pieces from the family. The Grant's family should be proud to visit.

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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

We enjoyed our tour it was very informative about the family's time there. We were glad they have been able to preserve the history of their life in Galena.

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Naperville, Illinois
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

If you love historical private homes you will enjoy this house. Just lovely. $5.00 donation . Does have narrow stairs to the second floor.

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Gilberts, Illinois
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

Our tour guide was great! She was a sweet little older woman who narrated our tour with so much insight on the artifacts it was easy to imagine life I the 1800's. The house is cute, the stairs are steep both in the front of the house and back, I can't imagine ever carrying a child up those stairs. It... More 

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13 reviews 13 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

we really enjoyed our tour. Our guide was lovely. The house & it's story is really interesting & you can really imagine the family living there. It's well worth a visit & great value for the suggested donation price.

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Northfield, Minnesota
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

We had a very knowledgeable guide in Georgie. The whole house is well taken care of. I liked the fact that the furniture there is what the Grants used for the short amount of time they lived there. I recommend the visit. Very affordable!

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Grinnell, Iowa
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52 reviews 52 reviews
34 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

Unlike many historical houses which are furnished with period-appropriate pieces, the U.S. Grant home is fortunate to be furnished mostly with the Grant's own furnishings! The house was pretty much as we expected, but the amazing views from the grounds were a pleasant surprise! Just a few minutes by car (or 10 - 15 minutes walk) from downtown Galena. A... More 

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Minnesota
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

Greeted by friendly volunteers with a sense of humor. Great information and very clean and well presented. A must see.

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Palatine, Illinois
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29 reviews 29 reviews
10 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

We found this preserved house to be interesting for its history. In school, we didn't learn anything about his private life or what he did before the war. It is a place that you should visit once when your in the area.

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