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Ulysses S. Grant Home

500 Bouthillier St, Galena, IL 61036
815 777 3310
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Ranked #2 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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Streator, Illinois
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104 reviews 104 reviews
23 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

The only drawback to this is standing outside on the porch waiting for the next tour. The staff is knoweagable about the history of Grants Galena home. They ask for a 5$ donation: but it is for preserving local history

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MENOMONEE FALLS
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12 reviews 12 reviews
10 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

Fascinating story and well worth the time. The view is beautiful and the history is rich in the area. They have kept the old charm in the town, which is really nice.

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Chicago, Illinois
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

US Grant lived in this house after the Civil War. He did. You can tour the home on the weekends. My family and I visited earlier this year. Country Fair weekend. It was busy. I would come back. Thank you.

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Waukesha, Wisconsin, United States
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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 via mobile

We were in a rather large group that went on the tour, but our guide allowed time to look at everything and answered questions. Almost everything in the home is what the Grants used in the home. A neat peek into life after the Civil War.

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Chicago
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

We learned more about President Grant than we knew there was to learn. The guides were very well-rehearsed. Nothing dramatic here, but interesting nevertheless.

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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

The docents seemed rushed. I agree with a previous reviewer that the fact were purged without a lot of energy and then the group is shuffled along. The collection outside of presidential pets is very fun and well put together. I was very entertained and impressed by this collection.

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Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
14 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

Interesting but the docent just rattled off the facts in a few minutes.....left a lot to be desired.

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Chicago, Illinois
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

It's like going back in time to the Civil wars days, you learn how an unknown store clerk rose through the ranks in the military, to eventually become a general, later President and turned the tide of the Civil war for the North! I guess until Grant came in the North was not fighting aggressively enough. He changed that. Most... More

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Katy, Texas
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

No time to tour, but easy to find and park. The grounds are well manicured and tours are regular. We just didn't have any time to go inside. Bathrooms are behind the main house.

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Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

Going through Grants house was like stepping back through time. Everything seemed to be preserved so wonderfully and the tour guide was incredibly informative. We really enjoyed learning more about Grant and his time in Galena.

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