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Ulysses S. Grant Home

500 Bouthillier St, Galena, IL 61036
815 777 3310
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Ranked #4 of 18 Attractions in Galena
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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Oelwein
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150 reviews 150 reviews
48 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

The home is well worth stopping to see if you are traveling US hwy 20. Even if you are not a civil war buff you will enjoy the historic site of U S Grant as well as the quaint town of Galena.

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Georgetown
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

Our guide was quite informative and the house was interesting. It was not expensive either. i really liked our guide's talk. The tour is also recommended by AAA.

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Chicago
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44 reviews 44 reviews
12 attraction reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

I'm not a great fan of history but really enjoyed this house tour as it also had things like the presidential pets, and the white house china. The docents were very nice.

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ottawa, Illinois, USA
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96 reviews 96 reviews
19 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

took the trolley tour for 20,oo worth it, but you don't get to see the inside...just sayin. that's more money.

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Arlington Heights, Illinois
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Most of contents are original! Take time to see a piece of history and learn more about one of our early presidents!

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Omaha NE
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121 reviews 121 reviews
83 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Ulysses S. Grant was a war hero. He was the 18th President of the United States. And he called Galena, Illinois, home. A native Ohioan, Grant settled in northwest Illinois in 1860, following a successful military career. He and his wife Julia settled in the area. He managed a store owned by his father. Then, as the “War Between the... More

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Top Contributor
69 reviews 69 reviews
21 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

I loved the location, the mansion is decorated as it would have been during Grant's time. It is not a long tour - just right.

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France
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73 reviews 73 reviews
35 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

My review today is about Galena. have you ever heard about it before? Before going on that trip back in the Fall of 2010 or 2009 ( I can't remember for sure) I had never heard about Grant's hometown maybe because I am not a US Citizen.....So my 25 year old Chicago friends took me there on a Saturday day... More

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Moline, Illinois
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4 reviews 4 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

This was very informative and didn't take too long to tour. Our guide, Georgie, was super knowledgeable! We really don't know how she remembers all the facts about U.S. Grant and the house, but it was amazing! Really only takes about a half our of your day and totally worth the experience. If you are visiting Galena, I would say... More

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Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin
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28 reviews 28 reviews
13 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

The tour was really great. We had a host who was new, but was a very sweet lady and we were patient with her since it was just me and my mother at the time when we visited. Pretty much saw the whole house and plenty of visuals and provided excellent background and history on Grant and his family.

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