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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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Cedar Rapids, IA
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88 reviews 88 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

Loved the history, but the elderly lady volunteers didn't seem to enjoy their job much. Air conditioning was not working well, so on a warm early fall day, it was very warm inside.

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Watseka
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

Loved that it was as close to original as it could be. It was like walking back in time. Loved it!!!

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

Really well done tour of a historic home. Gives you a good sense of how a middle class/upper middle class family would have lived in the 1860's. The state historical society manages the property and does a good job. Lots of information about Grant and his family presented in the house and in the building next door. The only caution... More

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Wales
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

you will get real feel for President Grant and his family by visiting this home and learning what life was like for the family in the 1800's.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

Engaging tour! The ladies facilitating the tour are very knowledgeable! Highly recommend. Great time.

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Farmington, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

While in the Galena area my wife and I decided to visit the General U.S. Grant home. I'm not going to give you a history of Grant or tell you why he's important or not. We arrived at the home about 9:30 am on a sunday morning. I think it opens at 9am. Short walk across the parking lot put... More

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Morris, Illinois, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

I love that it's free, donations are accepted. Tours guides are very knowledgeable and ift is an interesting place.

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

We finally took the time to take the tour of the Grant home in Galena, IL and it was well worth it. The home has been well preserved with beautiful paintings and furnishings and it is a fun history lesson. Our guide Georgie was great. She was very knowledgeable about the stories and facts behind the tour as well as... More

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Round Lake, Illinois, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

I'm kinda a history buff/novice, and this was a great tour. The dosant (sp?) was very friendly and knowledgeable. Knowing this house played a role in our Civil War history and housed a major soldier and president, made it very special. No fee, but they do ask for donations at the door. We gave them $5/person, but there is no... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

During our stay in Galena, we were amazed at the well preserved history of the town. Especially President Grant's home. The tour is the perfect length for young kids but really gives everyone a great idea of how life was in that previous era. Well recommended to stop here and visit while shopping or grabbing lunch/dinner in Galena.

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