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If not for the modern-day goods sold in the retail establishments, you might think Galena was frozen in time. The six-block Main Street boasts striking examples of various architectural styles, ranging from French Colonial to Greek Revival, and a whopping 85% of the town is a national historic district. General Ulysses S. Grant, the 18th U.S. President, lived here briefly before leaving to head the Union troops in the Civil War. Upon his triumphant return, the town presented him with an elegant mansion. That house and other restored historic homes are open to the public. There's much more here to fascinate the history enthusiast: the Old Market House and the Historical Society and Museum, housed in a stunning... more If not for the modern-day goods sold in the retail establishments, you might think Galena was frozen in time. The six-block Main Street boasts striking examples of various architectural styles, ranging from French Colonial to Greek Revival, and a whopping 85% of the town is a national historic district. General Ulysses S. Grant, the 18th U.S. President, lived here briefly before leaving to head the Union troops in the Civil War. Upon his triumphant return, the town presented him with an elegant mansion. That house and other restored historic homes are open to the public. There's much more here to fascinate the history enthusiast: the Old Market House and the Historical Society and Museum, housed in a stunning Italianate home. Before its Civil War glory days, Galena was a booming lead-mining town. Today, you can descend underground into the Vinegar Hill Lead Mine. But don't stay down there too long, or you won't get to enjoy the rolling hills and lush valleys of this charming getaway, which also offers fine dining, numerous bed and breakfasts, golfing and antiquing. less

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Ulysses S. Grant Home
Ulysses S. Grant Home
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... 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
Attraction type: Historic sites
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The Old Blacksmith Shop
The Old Blacksmith Shop
Historical, working blacksmith shop/museum in Galena. We look forward to seeing you at the end of April when we open for next season!
Attraction type: Museums
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Galena / Jo Daviess County Historical Society and Museum
Galena / Jo Daviess County Historical Society and Museum
Owner description: It's worth the climb up the steep stairway to see what's inside this lovely Italianate home built in 1858: an actual lead mine, Civil War memorabilia, items honoring Ulysses S... more Owner description: It's worth the climb up the steep stairway to see what's inside this lovely Italianate home built in 1858: an actual lead mine, Civil War memorabilia, items honoring Ulysses S. Grant (including an original painting depicting Robert E. Lee's surrender to Grant), plus other historical articles from Galena and Jo Daviess County. less
Attraction type: History museums
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Washburne House State Historic Site
Washburne House State Historic Site
Attraction type: Historic sites
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Grant Park
Grant Park
Attraction type: Parks
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All places to eat » Places to eat

Otto's Place
Otto's Place
Ranked #1 of 57 Restaurants in Galena
Cuisines: American
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Perry Street Brasserie
Perry Street Brasserie
Ranked #2 of 57 Restaurants in Galena
Price: $20 - $30
Cuisines: Mediterranean, Continental, International
Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Dessert
Root Beer Revelry
Root Beer Revelry
Ranked #3 of 57 Restaurants in Galena
Log Cabin Restaurant
Log Cabin Restaurant
Ranked #4 of 57 Restaurants in Galena
Cuisines: Steakhouse
Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Little Tokyo
Little Tokyo
Ranked #5 of 57 Restaurants in Galena
Cuisines: Japanese
Good for: Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

Greenbriar Country Inn & Suites
Greenbriar Country Inn & Suites
$65 - $130
Ranked #9 of 34 Galena B&B and Inns
BEST WESTERN Designer Inn & Suites
2.5 of 5
BEST WESTERN Designer Inn & Suites
$68 - $153
Ranked #7 of 11 Hotels in Galena
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Grandview Guest Home
Grandview Guest Home
$70 - $85
Ranked #20 of 34 Galena B&B and Inns

All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

Farmers Guest House
Farmers Guest House
$110 - $269
Ranked #1 of 34 Galena B&B and Inns
Hawk Valley Retreat & Cottages
Hawk Valley Retreat & Cottages
$99 - $99
Ranked #2 of 34 Galena B&B and Inns
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Aldrich Guest House
Aldrich Guest House
$99 - $149
Ranked #3 of 34 Galena B&B and Inns

All accommodations » Where to stay - Luxury

Irish Cottage Boutique Hotel
4.0 of 5
Irish Cottage Boutique Hotel
$79 - $295
Ranked #2 of 11 Hotels in Galena

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