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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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There is no charge for this tour, although they request a $5.00 per person donation. It was a nice old home and very interesting to see how the former president lived. The... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed January 28, 2015
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Ridgetown
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

There is no charge for this tour, although they request a $5.00 per person donation. It was a nice old home and very interesting to see how the former president lived. The furniture was mostly original and all authentic. Just outside the home is a small museum and restrooms. The most interesting thing in the museum was the display on... More 

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Marion, Iowa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

This small historic home is a good place for 5th - 8th graders to bone up on some presidential history. The tour won't take a long time (less than an hour to receive a guided tour through the house) and you will need to rotate larger groups through in spurts, but it is an interesting stop if classes are studying... More 

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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

only if Galena gets medical cannabis is it worth the trip, an empty small house; big deal. This please is remote and the people are all inbred so many downs syndromes. The favorite thing to do is kill the animals.

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Portland, Oregon
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

We took the Grant Tour - It was informative and interesting. 90% of the furnishings are original which was neat to see. Thanks!

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Chicago, Illinois
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

It was closed when we went but we walked around the grounds and it was impressive. We had read the history of the home-- it was nice and the nearby properties were interesting too.

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Petra - Wadi Musa, Jordan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

Educational visit in Galena! Visit the home where Ulysses S. Grant lived with his wife Julia and children, take a tour from a local volunteer docent, and visit the giant statue of Julia Grant who was actually an awesome lady. She was a suffragette, as well as an abolitionist, despite being raised by Southern slaveholders. Most of the house has... More 

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Highland Park, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

This was our second visit to the Grant home. We have enjoyed it on both occasions. This time we went during the holiday season and the home was decked out in traditional holiday decor! The Christmas tree trimmed just right and the extra branches used as decor on the mantel and such. I learned that it was Grant that decreed... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014

Interactive exhibits, cozy, quaint, and just a good time to visit. This is definitely a small town attraction so don't expect a huge museum, but you won't be disappointed with the size and what they've got! The staff are friendly and really know their exhibits. If you like history, make a stop here. Reasonable ticket prices as well.

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

No trip to Galena would be complete without a visit to this historic site. It is well preserved, there is plenty to see, easy access, good viewing. The guide is usually very informative and friendly, happy to be there. Plenty of parking. Walk the grounds on a nice day, it is a peaceful place.

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Galena, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Love the history of this home & a lot of original pieces from the family. The Grant's family should be proud to visit.

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