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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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One more wonderful historic site to check off my "Bucket List," and glad I did !

I have been an admirer of Grant since I was a boy, and this was a pleasure to actually see his home in scenic and quaint Galena, Illinois. The home is just about what I expected... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
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Woodbridge
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92 reviews 92 reviews
33 attraction reviews
96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

I have been an admirer of Grant since I was a boy, and this was a pleasure to actually see his home in scenic and quaint Galena, Illinois. The home is just about what I expected it might be, with a few particularly nice touches in furnishings. Relatively modest in size, it looks to be quite serviceable for a moderate-sized... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

Good place to visit and experience some history, teach your child about the place where President Grant resided. Saw a monument of his wife Julia. You can also get a magnificent view of Galena from the property.

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El Paso, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

Stop and take the tour. What a great experience to learn about Ulysses Grant. Touring the home and extended area, learning about his ups and downs, family and war was amazing. A place you need to put on your book to see.

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Chicago, Illinois
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015 NEW

Very interesting, definitely worth checking out. I would also walk over to grant park which is also very nice with a beautiful view

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Davenport, Iowa
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25 reviews 25 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

We really enjoyed the short visit through the house and appreciated the tour guide. I am interested in anything historical so I love preserved homes like this one.

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Clermont-Ferrand, France
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

it takes you 30 minutes if you take your time. Volunteers are super nice, passionate and proud about the house. A must see if you're passing through Galena.

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Milwaukee
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

The tour was given by a friendly woman who had a lot of knowledge about the home and the Grant family. It was very interesting. It was a nice quick visit, around 20-30 minutes in all. No fee, donations are accepted.

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McHenry, Illinois
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

If you want to add to your history knowledge go here. This home is much like most big homes of the era. The little museum in the back was not big deal.

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Bloomington, Illinois
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33 reviews 33 reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

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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Texas
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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