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Ulysses S. Grant Home

500 Bouthillier St, Galena, IL 61036
815 777 3310
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Ranked #3 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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Lapeer, MI
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29 reviews 29 reviews
9 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

Enjoyed this tour and the women who gave the tours. Very informative on both a personal and historical level. Took a lot of picture. Sets on a bluff that overlooks the town and is very scenic to look at. They ask a donation of $5 for adults and worth it. There's also a couple of museums to tour on grounds... More

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Oak Lawn, Illinois
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

Our family loves History! Home was well maintained. Our group (extended family) two teens and one 12 year old ,enjoyed the tour ,and found the information on Presidential pets very interesting. donation fee

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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

I'm a history buff, so of course I liked it. It was very interesting to see how they lived back then.

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Chicago, Illinois
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

I wish the tour was longer. The Docent was very knowledgable, but it's a small house and there isn't much to cover. Still worth the 1/2 hour stop to learn about Grant.

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Oak Park, Illinois
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39 reviews 39 reviews
18 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

A well preserved exhibit and the tour guides were very knowledgeable. Presented a good side of Julia Grant as well. The exhibit in the garage on pets was unique. Special photos not available anywhere for sale. Excellent tour site.

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Chicago, Illinois
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22 reviews 22 reviews
13 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

The staff here is very knowledgable, and this is a free tour (we made a small donation). The house is in great condition, and there is plenty of time to look around.

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Normal, Illinois
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15 reviews 15 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Enjoyed a visit on a beautiful day! Nice quick tour. Worth the time to see a former presidents home. Interesting story!

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Missouri
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63 reviews 63 reviews
19 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

House is well taken care of. Guide was informative without being too wordy. Steps to second floor as well as steps to get up to house. Beautiful view from grounds.

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Zionsville, Indiana
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34 reviews 34 reviews
6 attraction reviews
105 helpful votes 105 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

I admit to not knowing much about U.S. Grant prior to my visit, but the docents at the Grant house do a great job of educating visitors. This is a rare time-capsule, with the great majority of the furnishings not only authentic to the period but actually original to the home itself and the Grant family. A genteel home and... More

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Pinckneyville, Illinois
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62 reviews 62 reviews
24 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

We actually were allowed to take photos in this home. It had original furniture for the most part, and I was very pleased with what we saw. It's a must see if you like history and are in the area.

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