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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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Beautifully kept piece of history

We had a great tour with Vinetta (I believe that was her name). She was very sweet and informative. The furnishing were gorgeous and it was interesting to see how one of our... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 1, 2015
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Bloomington, Illinois
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Bloomington, Illinois
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24 reviews 24 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

We had a great tour with Vinetta (I believe that was her name). She was very sweet and informative. The furnishing were gorgeous and it was interesting to see how one of our president's lived during his time.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

It's perfectly preserved as Gen Grant lived in it . The rooms are small as is G Washington's "Mount Vernon" . Houses just weren't huge back then . All the furniture is period if not original . It is on a hill , which is good because was prone to flooding by the Mississippi river . The whole town is... More 

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Eldora, Iowa
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4 reviews 4 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Lady that gave the tour was very pleasant, knowledgeable about the house and answered our questions. We took our time and enjoyed the house.

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6 reviews 6 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Enjoyed this very much, but then I appreciate history. We walked around the grounds and read each and every plaque with information! Always love the opportunity to learn.

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

stopped in for the quick tour. Very interesting and informative. worth the time if you are in Galena

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Edinburg, Illinois
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Had our own private tour. I love Civil War history so this was a must see. Attentive tour guide who gave us plenty of time to roam.

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Washington, Illinois, United States
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

Staff was exceptionally knowledgeable! Very interesting. Be sure not to miss this! The furnishings are so immaculate for their age. We have visited Galena many times and don't know why we haven't taken in this site before now.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

Grant didn't live here long in this particular home, but the artifacts and decor are very authentic to the period and very interesting!

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Madison, Wisconsin
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

Found out some years ago that he is a relative of mine. Wow can you imagine. I never had the pleasure of knowing him but just to know I am related to him is like Wow.

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illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

Loved walking through this beautiful home. It is in immaculately restored condition, the guides are well informed and the view from the front porch was breathtaking. Not to be missed if you are anywhere near Galena.

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