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Ulysses S. Grant Home

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Address: 500 Bouthillier St, Galena, IL 61036
Phone Number: 815 777 3310
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Description: This Italianate-style brick house, with original furnishings, looks very...
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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Return to the 1800's

Tour guide was very knowedgeable about the grant family and the customs of the era. Enjoyed the local setting and historical facts

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 3, 2015
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Hobart, Indiana
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Hobart, Indiana
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9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

Tour guide was very knowedgeable about the grant family and the customs of the era. Enjoyed the local setting and historical facts

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Prescott, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

When in Galena, be sure to see the home of President Ulysses S. Grant. The house is in excellent condition and well-cared for. The tours meet on the front porch and are scheduled so small groups can tour and move through the home. The tour guides are informative and interesting. The tour is worth the time. Recommend it highly.

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Aurora, Illinois
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3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

For a small donation (or no donation if so inclined) you get a trip into the past. Forgetting about the specific historical significance of this house, the tour guides knowledge of things of that era and ability to describe how tools, appliances, etc...were used was very interesting. Beyond that, there are several houses across the street that are also very... More 

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Louisville, Kentucky
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56 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

We visited hare with my wife's sister. The total number on the tour was about 6 or 7. Beautifully restored and the guide was very good.

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Houston, Texas
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70 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

You start the tour on the front porch. The tour guide tells you a little about the background of the house and the grants. She also talks about the library. You then enter the house and just look into the library and proceed to the front room. The tour is guided for the downstairs and the upstairs bedrooms you tour... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Check the open days schedule before visiting the restored President Ulysses S. Grant's family home. Funded by local donations to honor Grant after the civil war, this home remained in the Grant family until converted to a museum over 111 years ago. The wall and floor coverings are guesstimates, but 95% of the furnishings are original. Some have been restored,... More 

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Charleston, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Could walk to the home from our b and b. Clean, interesting and take note that it is only open on select days

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Madison, Wisconsin
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

Excellent guided tour, donation of $5 per adult requested, but if you purchase an item at the end, it can count as the donation. Fun house to see, interesting history to learn.

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Middleton, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

This is a fun and interesting quick tour without a fee but a donation is recommended. You only need to allow about 30 minutes and you can learn quite a bit about our 17th president.

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Rochester, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Very educational. I now want to visit more historical sites. The tour guide was very knowledgable and had great humor. Loved it.

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