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Ulysses S. Grant Home

500 Bouthillier St, Galena, IL 61036
815 777 3310
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Ranked #4 of 16 attractions in Galena
Type: Historic Sites
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... more » 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. « less
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Big Canoe, Georgia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Very interesting and historic home of General Grant. Though I've visited the home in the past, it was worth another visit while in Galena. His wife's statue is now on the site and was an interesting side to our tour. The tour guides were well informed and engaging in their answers to several questions. The donation of $5 was not... More

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Galena, IL
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Walking through U.S. Grant's home is like walking back in time. Many of the furnishings once belonged to him and his family. In the dining room the table is set with his daughters wedding china. You will learn so many things new things about him, his family and what it was like to live in that era.

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Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

We've visited Galena on a number of occasions but never took time to Visit Grant's home. It is well preserved with all rooms except the kitchen area (which was destroyed by a storm) containing the Grant family's own personal furniture. It has been preserved from within two years of Julia Dent Grant's death. Very authentic. Tour hosts are very knowledgeable.

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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29 reviews 29 reviews
8 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

Often a historic home really reflects a sense of the person and family who lived in the home. While the Grants did occupy this lovely building, a gift from the citizens of Galena who honored Grant's leadership in the American Civil War (and hadn't quite known what to think of him before that war broke out), they lived in it... More

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Central Illinois
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

I'm related to US Grant. Loved seeing the history first-hand. The tour guides are always very informative.

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illinois
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20 reviews 20 reviews
4 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

We enjoyed our tour of the Grant home, and the informative guide. I loved hearing all the details of their life in this beautiful home.

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Middleton, Wisconsin
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014

you can almost see Grant in the home, very nice. the kitchen is not the original that was destroy in a storm.

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Bloomington, Illinois
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

The tour was very interesting to us since we like history. It did not take long -- maybe 15-20 minutes tops. The tour guide was a little unfriendly, but she said she'd been ill so maybe that was why.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

Happy Presidents' Day! A good way to celebrate is to visit a place like the Grant Home. You'll get new insights into not only Ulysses, but Julia and the kids, as well. Not easy to find at first (we drove past Bouthellier Street twice); it has a modest parking lot. The distinctive Italianate-style house is perched high on a hill... More

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Annapolis, Maryland
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

Great guide and very neat home to visit. Liked the period furniture and the guided tour. Affordable and easy to walk through

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