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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, Landmarks
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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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Northfield, Minnesota
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9 reviews 9 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014 NEW

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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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014 NEW

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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014 NEW

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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27 reviews 27 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014 NEW

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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Chicago, Illinois
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6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

It was closed when we went but we walked around the grounds and it was impressive. We had read the history of the home-- it was nice and the nearby properties were interesting too.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Pretty average except for some nightmare wallpaper and busy carpets. Learned some interesting facts from our tour guide.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Beautifully maintained home and furnishings with an exceptionally well informed tour guide and many interesting authentic items on display. "Suggested" donation for tour is $5 per person--an exceptional value. The grounds, outbuildings, and view of Galena are beautiful, even in early winter.

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Mt Pleasant WI, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Home and original furnishings were in great condition. Tour added background and historical facts. We also took the guided tour around Galena and would highly recommend it to anyone who visits the area.

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Oakland, California
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

It was a guided tour and very informative & enjoyable to take in the historic atmosphere - well worth our time :)

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Clinton
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

A lot of a Grants personal items, beautiful in its time, I'm sure. Great for the history buffs, volunteer was knowledgeable.

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