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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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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

Really well done tour of a historic home. Gives you a good sense of how a middle class/upper middle class family would have lived in the 1860's. The state historical society manages the property and does a good job. Lots of information about Grant and his family presented in the house and in the building next door. The only caution... More

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Wales
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47 reviews 47 reviews
5 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

you will get real feel for President Grant and his family by visiting this home and learning what life was like for the family in the 1800's.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

Engaging tour! The ladies facilitating the tour are very knowledgeable! Highly recommend. Great time.

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Farmington, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

While in the Galena area my wife and I decided to visit the General U.S. Grant home. I'm not going to give you a history of Grant or tell you why he's important or not. We arrived at the home about 9:30 am on a sunday morning. I think it opens at 9am. Short walk across the parking lot put... More

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Morris, Illinois, United States
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

I love that it's free, donations are accepted. Tours guides are very knowledgeable and ift is an interesting place.

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa, United States
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

We finally took the time to take the tour of the Grant home in Galena, IL and it was well worth it. The home has been well preserved with beautiful paintings and furnishings and it is a fun history lesson. Our guide Georgie was great. She was very knowledgeable about the stories and facts behind the tour as well as... More

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Round Lake, Illinois, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

I'm kinda a history buff/novice, and this was a great tour. The dosant (sp?) was very friendly and knowledgeable. Knowing this house played a role in our Civil War history and housed a major soldier and president, made it very special. No fee, but they do ask for donations at the door. We gave them $5/person, but there is no... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

During our stay in Galena, we were amazed at the well preserved history of the town. Especially President Grant's home. The tour is the perfect length for young kids but really gives everyone a great idea of how life was in that previous era. Well recommended to stop here and visit while shopping or grabbing lunch/dinner in Galena.

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Byron, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Last time I visited this site was 30 years ago. It's better now. The house and furnishings are lovingly maintained. They ask for a very reasonable donation. Hard to believe even the POTUS had to use an outhouse back then. Our guide Suzanne was very knowledgeable. A nice piece of American history, glad we stopped in.

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chicago, il
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Grant's Home in Galena gave us a new appreciation of his place in American history. Even though he only lived here a few years, it is a must stop in your Galena visit. Our guide was very knowledgeable and definitely enjoyed letting us in on the little known history of the Grant family life.

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