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Ulysses S. Grant Home

500 Bouthillier St, Galena, IL 61036
815 777 3310
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Ranked #4 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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Missouri
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63 reviews 63 reviews
19 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

House is well taken care of. Guide was informative without being too wordy. Steps to second floor as well as steps to get up to house. Beautiful view from grounds.

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Zionsville, Indiana
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34 reviews 34 reviews
6 attraction reviews
105 helpful votes 105 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

I admit to not knowing much about U.S. Grant prior to my visit, but the docents at the Grant house do a great job of educating visitors. This is a rare time-capsule, with the great majority of the furnishings not only authentic to the period but actually original to the home itself and the Grant family. A genteel home and... More

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Pinckneyville, Illinois
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62 reviews 62 reviews
24 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

We actually were allowed to take photos in this home. It had original furniture for the most part, and I was very pleased with what we saw. It's a must see if you like history and are in the area.

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Wadsworth, Illinois
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

all the information given. Very interesting to go inside the house and seeing his original belongings still in he house.

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Freeport, Illinois
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

This is the reason I visited Galena. It's free to tour the home, although they do appreciate donations if you can. Everything except for the piano is original to the home. It's great to be able to step back into a small piece of Illinois' past.

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Galena, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

Historical and informative of Grant's life and family. Interesting trivia and to see the antiques and personal furnishings of Grant. Grounds are pretty and statue of Julia is unique.

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Milford, IA
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8 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

We recently toured the Ulysses S. Grant Home in Galena, IL, and found it well worth the time and effort. Our guide did a great job and was very knowledgeable about the Grants and the home which still has many of the furnishings that were there when the Grants were residents. In fact, the guide said that 90% of the... More

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Oshkosh, WI
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Our tour guide was full of personality and information. She really made the home come to life. It was like taking a step back into time, and to be able to see things that Grant actually touched made history become more than something that you had to learn in school. Definitely a stop that everyone must make!

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Rock Island, Illinois
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

This tour gave an excellent history of US Grant, and featured an exemplary look at the house and artifacts therein. The entire home is original with very few exceptions which are accurate reproductions. The price was $5 or less per person suggested donation, which we felt was more than worth it. Before or after the tour, make sure to visit... More

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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Our tour guide, Georgi, was amazing. She knew the history of the area, home and of course the Grants - inside and out. But even better, she has a terrific sense of humor and keeps everyone thinking and laughing at the same time. She knows how to tell enough information, but yet keep the tour moving and interesting. Our group... More

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