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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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Wed - Sun 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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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Historical Charm

Even if you're not a big U.S. Grant buff, this is a must-see in Galena. Though Grant himself spent relatively few years in the house, it is loaded with Grant family originals... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 18, 2015
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Edina, Minnesota
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Edina, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW

Even if you're not a big U.S. Grant buff, this is a must-see in Galena. Though Grant himself spent relatively few years in the house, it is loaded with Grant family originals; according to our tour guide, about 90% of all the furnishings and personal items in the house were originally owned by the family. We learned much about Grant's... More 

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Rockton, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

I liked historical buildings and seeing true to style furnishings of the time. This house didn't disappoint! We had our own tour guide for the two of us and learned a lot about the home and family. The view of Galena from the home is breathtaking as well! I've been to Galena five times and finally stopped to tour the... More 

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Maplewood, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Might as well see where the 18th president of the United States once lived even though not for a very long time. Tour provides interesting historical information on Grant. Home includes much of the original furnishings.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

Loved the tour of the home plus the lady that gave us a tour was very knowledgeable, funny and engaging. No charge for the tour except for a $5 donation. Furniture was from the time period.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

You're in Galena....it's a nice walk from anywhere to this place....It's free but please drop a few bucks in the donation box ($5 per person recommended)....the tour takes maybe 25 minutes if that....GO! It's a nice little trip down history. It's interesting and takes just a few moments. Great view of Galena as well. Hopefully you get Georgie....she's great.

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Schaumburg, Illinois, United States
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

Well preserved home of U.S. general and president. Interesting to see. The tour highlights a lot of pertinent facts.

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Woodbridge
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

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

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

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

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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